I could bathe in chocolate. Actually, I have and it was lovely, smooth, and delicious…Wait! That will have to be a different post!
Chocolate is an important part of most women’s lives. We all have our preferences, but when necessary (there are times that it is of the utmost in importance), we will eat any brand regardless of the molded shape or the name on the wrapping.
There is an actual metamorphosis of mood when chocolate is consumed and scientific proof to support it. A few basic chocolate facts that are common, but not well known:
- produced from the seed of the tropical cacao tree
- cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central and South America
- earliest documented use around 1100 BC
- the seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor
- after fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted, and the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs which are then ground and liquefied
- “white chocolate” contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids (and thus does not qualify to be considered true chocolate)
- contains alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine, which have physiological effects on the body (linked to serotonin levels in the brain thus the mood elevating effect)
- scientists claim that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure
- dark chocolate contains antioxidants that reduce the formation of free radicals
- maximum permissible level of insect filth allowed in chocolate and chocolate liquor is an average of 60 or more insect fragments per 100 grams (when 6 100 g sub-samples are examined) THAT GROSSES ME OUT!
I still love chocolate even if I know there are ground bugs in it. Chocolate is a part of our culture and history.
How powerful is chocolate? This little clip explains it all…
Will you continue to eat chocolate although you know it has ground critters in it? How important is chocolate to you?
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