Chocolate, how did chocolate become the drug of choice for Valentines Day? Now don’t get me wrong I am not the chocolate basher, I do realize that’s all many women will receive on Valentine Day. For as much as we all love CHOCOLATE, it’s not always the best choice for many. Smooth, sweet, sensual, dark, light, oh my, I forgot, I digress.
Back on track…Chocolate has many redeeming qualities; it is the most popular confectionary flavor worldwide. We love and enjoy it in all its variety and forms, but just how much do we know about it? Although one doesn’t need to be a chocolate connoisseur to appreciate it, there are an endless number of fascinating facts and statistics about its production and our usage of it.
Research suggests that chocolate was originally used more than 2,500 years ago, beginning in Central America. The Mayan civilization considered Cacao to be a divine gift and so, it was held in high regard. It was used ceremoniously and sometimes as a form of currency. The name ‘Cacao’ is a Maya word meaning ‘god food’ which after being introduced to Europe in the 16th century, formed the basis of the Latin name for the Cacao tree ‘Theobrama Cacao’ meaning ‘food for the gods’. It is thought that the word ‘cocoa’ has come about through a miss-spelling of ‘cacao.’
1. The name chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocalati meaning bitter water. Not at all surprising, being that they concocted a drink by combining cacao with chili peppers, achiote, cornmeal and it’s believed they added a form of hallucinogenic mushroom (possibly helped to take their minds of the taste).
3. More than twice as many women than men eat and crave chocolate. Viva La #Chocolate High
4. It is observed that chocolate cravings cannot be satisfied by any sweet/candy other than chocolate itself…#thatsnojoke
5. Chocolate produces the effects of a mild anti-depressant by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.
6. Chocolate contains a small quantity of caffeine emulates a mild amphetamine.
7. Although not scientifically proven, chocolate is believed by many, to be an aphrodisiac. The theory is supported by the fact that chocolate does contain among many chemicals the stimulants: caffeine, theobromine, and phenyethylamine.
8. Cocoa butter is a by-product produced from the crushing of roasted cacao beans, and although used in the chocolate making process, it is also used in a number of cosmetic products including massage oils and skin cosmetics. It is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known. It melts at just below average body temperature and therefore it is easily dissolved into the skin, making it the ideal foundation in moisturizing creams and other such products.
9. The biggest chocolate structure ever made was a 4,484lb, 10 foot tall, Easter egg, made in Melbourne Australia.
10. 17,000 people in Belgium work in the chocolate industry. 12. Despite being high in fat content, chocolate doesn’t appear to raise blood cholesterol levels. 13. Allergies to chocolate are uncommon…#noreasonforselfcontrol
11. 17,000 people in Belgium work in the chocolate industry.
12. Despite being high in fat content, chocolate doesn’t appear to raise blood cholesterol levels.
13. Allergies to chocolate are uncommon…#noreasonforselfcontrol
14. America consumes virtually 50 percent of the world’s chocolate…#puttingonthepounds
15. Napoleon always carried chocolate with him, which he ate as a pick-me-up whenever he needed an energy boost.
16. One cacao pod will contain about 42 beans. 270 cacao beans are required to produce a pound of chocolate.
17. More than 7 billion chocolate chips are eaten annually.
18. Ninety percent of the world’s cacao is grown on small family run farms, no larger than 12 acres. 29. In 2006 more than 6.5 million tons of chocolate was traded worldwide.
Enjoy your chocolate; remember it is considered to be an aphrodisiac.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!