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Health Benefits
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  • One study found that a substance in cocoa helps the body process nitric oxide (NO), a compound critical for healthy blood flow and blood pressure.

  • Cacao, the source of chocolate, contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. Of course this is counteracted by the high sugar content of milk chocolate.

  • The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation.

  • Men who eat chocolate live a year longer than those who don’t.

  • The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being.

Factoids
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  • Cacao was named Theobroma by Carl Linnaeus. The word Theobroma means ‘food of the gods.’ Mexicans named the pounded cacao seeds ‘Chocolate.’

  • Cacao is a tree, native to South America, whose seeds are the source of cocoa and chocolate.

  • Cacao beans were so valuable in ancient Mexico that the Maya and subsequent Aztec and Toltec civilizations used them as a means of currency to pay for commodities and taxes.

  • The Aztecs, and other ancient indigenous cultures, believed chocolate to be an aphrodisiac. Although this is not exactly true, chocolate does contain phenyl ethylamine (PEA) which creates a chemical reaction in the brain similar to that of falling in love.

  • Chocolate was such as a prestigious luxury that the French Ruler, Louis XIV, also known as the “Sun King,” established a court position entitled Royal Chocolate Maker to the King.

  • In 2006, consumers spent more than $7,000,000 a year on chocolate-related products. By 2015 that figure had risen to around $18.27 billion.

  • In 1960, chocolate syrup was used to simulate blood in the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “Psycho.” The scene, featuring Janet Leigh, took over seven (7) days to shoot.