Saturday, July 25, 2009

Life is like a box of chocolates...

(Photo credit to pinkbow on Flickr.)

Let’s all agree that chocolate is amazing. I know very few people who can’t appreciate it. So let’s indulge a little more…!

A brief history:
Made from the seeds of the cocoa tree, chocolate has been valued for over 3,000 years. It was initially harvested in Mesoamerica, with many different significances such as medicinal purposes and sometimes currency exchange but namely used in a variety of drinks. During the Spanish conquisition in the 1500’s, the Europeans discovered and began importing chocolate in it’s liquid form. But for a long time the drink remained a rarity reserved for royalty. It wasn’t until the 1700’s that people began producing chocolate in it’s solid candy form we know and love. Presently there are many different forms of chocolate; dark, milk, white, semi-sweet… etc. that can now be devoured worldwide.

It gets even sweeter:

Not only is chocolate delicious, but it also has other benefits than just being yummy!
When people think of a box of chocolate they often think of the heart-shaped boxes from Valentines Day. But that’s not the only reason chocolate is related to romance. Studies have shown that chocolate may be an aphrodisiac (it stimulate sexual desires...) because it is believed to alter hormone levels in the brain. By changing serotonin levels and endorphins, this delicacy can give a person a relaxed stimulation. No wonder most people eat a total of about 12 pounds of it per year!
It has also proven beneficial to general good health. People who eat chocolate are said to live longer (and sweeter!) lives. It helps the body’s circulatory system and digestion, is an antioxidant and believed to help prevent cancer.

Now I’m REALLY craving some chocolate…
XX bakey love

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