13 things you never knew about chocolate
January 27th, 2010 • Eating Healthy
Chocolate is a combined mixture of cocoa paste, cocoa butter and sugar. Just saying the word cocoa is delicious enough. These days, in the commercial sector, we find starch, diverse sugars and fats – as well as vegetable proteins inside it.
Yes, chocolate can be a stimulant, euphorisant, and anti-depressor. It is not, alas an aphrodisiac according to the majority of scholars in the Science… I think it would be fair to say that “chocolateers”, would say otherwise, based on the idea which goes back to the beginnings of civilization, even before its arrival in Europe: it was the 16th century, while the Aztec’s prepared a drink called tchocoatl (made of cocoa nibs) known for its nourishing, fortifying, and even aphrodisiac qualities.
1) Chocolate contains the same addictive, crave-inducing components believed to contribute to alcoholism.
2) A 40g square of dark chocolate may have as many cancer-fighting antioxidants as a glass of red wine.
3) The ancient Mayans used chocolate. As stated above, maybe for sexual enhancement for an aphrodisiac.
4) The word chocolate comes from two ancient Indian words which mean “bitter water”.
5) The blood in the infamous shower scene of Hitchcock’s Psycho was actually chocolate syrup. Just take one bottle into the shower.
6) Chocolate makes you immortal. Well not quite, but in a study of 7,800 men, researchers at the Harvard University found that those who eat chocolate live longer than those who rarely eat it.
7) It may help for the LDL-cholesterol levels and keeping them in some form of control. It contains a type of fibre which is known as lignin and is said to be found to have this effect.
8) Seventy per cent of the world’s chocolate comes from just three places: Ivory Coast, Ghana and Indonesia.
9) Dark chocolate is the healthiest, and has the most nutrients and fewest calories, white milk chocolate is the least health and the highest in total calories. While milk chocolate is the least health and the highest in total calories. Best to ration the chocolate buttons then.
10) The swiss eat more chocolate than any other nation, with each person average scoffing 24 pounds of the stuff a year. We Brits come second in the chocoholic league, eating a shocking 16 pounds a year.
11) The average person in Britain spends around £8,000 on chocolate in their lifetime.
12) The Aztecs were thought to use cacao – the plant cocoa comes from – to boost fertility in men.
13) In its illustrious history, chocolate has been used to treat exhaustion, anemia, fatigue, tuberculosis, fever, gout and kidney stones.
Check these great blogs on chocolate if you wish to know more, including reviews, videos, recipes – these are some great sites with lots of information.
chocablog.com – Brilliant site
And thanks to
Arm-Bar – Literally drooling having wrote this.