Delicious Facts About Chocolate That You Cannot Afford To Miss

Chocolate! The word itself is more than sufficient to spread a huge smile across our faces. We all savor the unmatchable taste of chocolate in all its variety and forms. But, how much do we know about this popular confectionary? Though one does not need to have much knowledge about chocolates to appreciate and enjoy it, there is no harm in getting to know a few interesting facts that will increase your knowledge base as well as leave you amazed and awe struck. Read on to know more about this world famous confectionary flavor that is loved by all.

  • The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl” which means bitter water. The term referred to the bitter, spicy drink the Aztecs made from cacao beans.
  • Ancients believed chocolate was the food of the gods. Aztec and Mayan kings drank cups of warm chocolate on a regular basis, and the magical cacao bean, so valued in pre-Columbian America, was used as a form of currency.

  • Chocolate produces the effects of a mild anti-depressant by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. This can be related with the fact that people who suffer from depression are said to eat 55 percent more chocolate than their non-depressed peers.
  • The smell of chocolates increases theta brain waves which induces relaxation. No wonder people instantly feel better after having loads of it!!

 

  • The biggest chocolate structure ever made is a 4484lb, 10 feet tall, easter egg which was made in Melbourne, Australia. I wonder how the spectators of this magnificent sight controlled their temptations.

  • The guy who invented the chocolate chip cookie sold the idea to Nestle Toll House not for money, but for a lifetime supply of chocolate. In my opinion, he ought to be the wisest man in history!!
  • Milton Hershey, the founder of Hershey Chocolate, was supposed to go on the Titanic but cancelled at the eleventh hour due to some business issues.
  • A single chocolate chip can give you enough energy to walk 150 feet!!

  • You probably think chocolate is full of sugar or artificial sweetener, and it isn’t good for our teeth. Well, it is, but it doesn’t have to be. Pure cocoa can actually help prevent tooth decay. Certain naturally occurring chemicals in cocoa beans fight harmful bacteria in the mouth.

  • Chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine. Phenylethylamine releases certain “pleasure” endorphins in the brain, which make people feel good all over. This feeling is similar to what a person feels when he/she is madly in love. So, chocolate may not be the perfect human companion, but it definitely is a perfect substitute.

  • Chocolate led to the invention of the microwave. Percy Spence, a scientist working on WWII radar and weapons projects, happened to be a big fan of chocolate. After spending some time near a formidable device called a magnetron, he noticed the chocolate bar he’d been keeping in his pocket had turned to mush. He quickly put two and two together and realized magnetrons might be able to heat up food at incredibly fast rates the microwave oven was born.

  • Do you eat dark chocolate everyday? If yes, then you are effectively reducing the risk of heart disease by one-third. Recent research has shown that chocolate contains flavanoids. The particular flavanoids contained in chocolate are called flavonols and procyanidins, which are good for your heart and assist in preventing the onset of cancer.

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