Chocolate comes from cocoa beans which are grown in tropical countries like the Philippines.
Aztecs used cocoa bean as a form of currency, which 10 cocoa beans would buy you a rabbit, 100 beans would buy you a slave.
Cocoa beans were still used as currency in parts of Latin America until the 19th century.
Chocolate comes from the Aztec word Xocolatl – bitter water.
Cacao tree is from GENUS THEOBRAMA – Food of the Gods.
Chocolate is poisonous for small animals due to theobromine that is a stimulant found in chocolate.
Cocoa flavonoids might have a stronger anti-oxidant effect compared to red wine.
There are treasury vitamins & minerals that can be obtained in chocolate – A, B, D, E, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and calcium.
Chocolate Nutritional Facts
Eating dark chocolate (70% cocoa) everyday for a week will raise your High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol by 9%.
Good cholesterol can drop your risk of heart disease.
Cocoa and chocolate are among the most concentrated energy suppliers.
Chocolate contains less caffeine than coffee.
Chocolate contains a combination of sugars and fats which are a good energy source for the body and brain.
Cocoa and chocolate can compensate the energy expended during exertions.
Chocolate is an enjoyable immediate source of energy after an exhausting activity.
Delicious chocolate can turn negative feeling into a positive one.
Chocolate triggers the secretion of happy hormones (Endorphins) in the body.
Chocolate contains flavonoids which is an antioxidant.
Chocolate contains cocoa butter which is a healthy type of fat (Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid).
Cocoa and dark chocolate contain no cholesterol, milk chocolate and white chocolate contain only minimal quantities due to the added milk fats.
Cocoa and chocolate contain stearic acid, a unique saturated fatty acid that neutralizes effect on the concentration of bad cholesterol.
Chocolate is loaded with carbohydrates, fats, proteins, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B-complex, vitamin D and other essential vitamins and minerals needed by the body. It bears another name, multivitamin pill in disguise!
Chocolate can be a part of healthy living
Chocolate can make you feel happy
If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly
Chocolate like prayers is a good kick-off for a day
Chocolate is irresistible in any form. It has the power to create a smile in one's face
Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done
“Life is like chocolate, it's the bitterness that makes you appreciate the sweetness.”
Chocolate, like water, is a “universal solvent” of one's worries and anxieties!
Chocolate is not fattening – studies show that chocolate,consumed in moderation and as part of balanced diet, is not adirect cause of obesity
Tooth Decay – Chocolate does not cause tooth decay, it’s the sugar. In fact, cocoa naturally contains substances thatcombat oral bacteria
Acne – Chocolate does not cause acne. Precise cause of acne can be found in hormonal changes and bacterial effects