I can easily say this is my favourite subject. Before going any further, let’s start from the very beginning. The start of chocolate.
Everything begins in Mesoamerica. Fermented beverages made from chocolate date back from 1900 BC. The Aztecs believed that cocoa beans were a gift from god (I can say that too).
After its arrival to Europe in the sixteenth century, sugar was added to it and it became popular throughout society, first among the ruling classes and then among the common people. At the time being, only rich people could afford it as it was a luxury.
Dark chocolate is made from cocoa butter with extra cocoa liquor while white chocolate which happens to be my favourite is made from cocoa butter without added cocoa liquor.
The process of developing chocolate is complex and involves a lot of people to bring to you the sweet you buy from the shelf from your local store, so think about that when you take the next bite from your chocolate.
Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food, a reliable source of consolation when life has let us down, and is a source on which you can rely anytime of the day. But is it at all healthy?
If you eat dozens of it, of course not but there are a host of medically proven ways in which chocolate – good chocolate which is dark chocolate – it is very good for us.
A recent study shows that chocolate is very good for our heart and circulation, helping restoring flexibility arteries. Surprisingly, it reduces the risk of stroke, by a staggering 17 per cent average in the group of men they tested.
Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium. But why do we love eating it?
Well one of the main reason, it melts in your mouth, it contains fat, that’s no doubt. The cocoa butter in chocolate gives it a rich, creamy consistency that also transmits the cocoa’s flavor perfectly.
Chocolate also naturally contains “uppers” like caffeine and suggars, which will make your heart pound a little harder, your breathing come a bit more quickly, and give you a feeling of alertness, having the same effect as the coffee, just in low amounts.
It’s important to remember not to overindulge in chocolate. It does contain high amounts of saturated fats and sugars that can cause health damage and obesity if you take in too much.
Even better, it tastes wonderful—it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t like some kind of chocolate,
whether it’s white, dark, or milk, Hershey or Belgian.
Chocolate is known to push your stress levels down. This is probably why a lot of people will burry themselves with sweets when they are angry or upset. Little do they know it, but they are actually helping themselves out by eating chocolates.
It not only tastes good—its health benefits give you a great excuse to keep on enjoying it.
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