BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE































Discoverers

Chocolate has a rich history. People have been eating cocoa beans for several centuries. Chocolate was discovered by Aztecs. They already knew several centuries ago that xocolatl (as chocolate was named in those times) was capable of driving away weariness. The Aztecs were saying: “I drink chocolate and it makes me happier, my heart fills with joy”. The Spanish conquistadors brought chocolate to Europe and in the 16th century scientists gave a scientific name to the plant which bears cocoa seeds - theobroma cacao, which means “the food of the gods”.

Since those times, chocolate has been parading triumphantly all over the world.


Expensive… Medicine!

“The food of the gods” was not so much a delicacy in 17th century as… a medicine! Medieval European doctors were using chocolate as a remedy for many diseases. The cost of chocolate was equal to the price of gold and very few could afford such a delicious treatment.

The well-known favorite of Louis XV and fashion queen of Paris Madam Pompadour confessed that chocolate helps to “warm up the blood”. It was a time when chocolate was considered to be an aphrodisiac. Casanova, the greatest lover ever, affirmed that the secret of his popularity among women was in a morning cup of chocolate drunk together with a lover.

Nevertheless chocolate only obtained its genuine triumph in the 19th century. Chocolate became more affordable for different classes, but it still symbolized the dream of far-off countries and dolce vita.

Currently we cannot imagine our life without chocolate. It is not a medicine any more; however modern scientists have revealed so many healthy features of chocolate that both kids and adults now eat it with pleasure and the knowledge that it is a benefit to their health. Eat and enjoy!


First Aid

Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine – substances which stimulate the capacity for work and creativity. Chocolate is the best assistant for the body in case of increased tension and under extreme conditions. Since World War I, chocolate has often been included in the rations of servicemen and in the rations of mountain-climbers conquering mountains that are several thousand meters high.


“Anti-Depressant”

Chocolate is capable of calming anxiety and alleviating depression. When somebody buys a chocolate bar he or she is unwittingly striving to get “medicine” for the blues. It is traditionally thought that women like chocolate more and its influence on their state of mind in a greater degree, but it turns out that men are not far behind them in this regard. Medics assert that chocolate “calms” men even better than women.

Dark chocolate is the healthiest of all the kinds of chocolate. It stimulates mental activity, contains more cocoa and an admissible amount of calories which is very important for women and for all those who keep an eye on their weight.


Heart Doctor

Scientists have also established that moderate doses of dark chocolate can help prevent cardiovascular diseases. A 60 gram portion of high-quality chocolate with a high content of cocoa oil can improve blood circulation and decrease the likelihood of thrombosis. Such an effect lasts for eight hours.


Selling Without a Prescription!

Genuine chocolate with a high cocoa content is a special product which demands love and understanding. You can and should know how to eat chocolate in a way that gives you all possible pleasure. Chocolate should be given enough time to slowly and completely melt on your tongue. Don’t hurry! If you take a bite from a bar on the go or while your eyes are glued to the TV – you might not even experience the fullness of the chocolate taste. Such a disappointing mistake!

Let’s see how people in different countries feast on chocolate and how they serve it. It is considered that the Europeans prefer milk and cream chocolate. Most commonly, wines with spices or nuances of dried fruit are served with it. Chocolate truffles are harmonized with cream and egg liqueurs. However, bitter dark chocolate is the invariable favorite. Elite alcoholic drinks including strong ones are served with it. Bitter chocolate is very often accompanied with liqueurs that have almond or coffee flavors. Seasoned rum and single malt whiskey also perfectly complement the flavored bitterness of dark chocolate. A duet of chocolate and cognac is considered the most aristocratic couple.

Next time your heart cries out for some chocolate, try to make yourself comfortable, snap off a piece and… enjoy the magic of chocolate!