Chocolate: Food of the Gods
Chocolate represents divinity. What would happen if humans ate chocolate every day? Would they become immortal?
The power of chocolate evokes feelings of euphoria, passion, sensuality, and ecstasy, making it one of mankind's most beloved indulgences. No other food or drink has achieved such iconic status. It satisfies all your senses - the ultimate indulgence.
Chocolate is the food of the gods, but it's so much more than that.
The Aztecs believed that chocolate was a gift from the gods and would bring good luck to those who ate it. They also believed that drinking chocolate would make you immortal.
Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, which are the seeds of a tropical tree native to Central America. The beans were often roasted and ground into cocoa powder before being used in beverages and food dishes.
Chocolate is considered to be a healing food
The Maya people also used it for medicinal purposes—they believed that drinking chocolate would make you stronger and healthier. Chocolate is considered to be a healing food because it contains certain nutrients that can help your body rejuvenate itself after a hard day's work or after you've been sick.
Theobroma cacao (or simply cocoa) has long been considered one of nature’s greatest gifts. Cocoa is the seed from the fruit of the cacao tree, and it contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber.
Cacao beans contain a substance called Theobromine, which gives chocolate its distinctive flavor and bitterness. This chemical compound gives chocolate its sweet taste, but also makes it an effective way to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.
The health benefits include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardiovascular, brain function, and bone strengthening properties. Cacao nibs aren’t only tasty, they also happen to be high in iron, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and protein. Plus, they provide a boost of energy due to their caffeine content.
In Europe, the Vikings considered cocoa an aphrodisiac and thought drinking it would make you forget your troubles. It tastes good and it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Chocolate has always been synonymous with luxury, wealth, and pleasure.
Chocolate has been consumed by many cultures throughout history as a symbol of wealth and power—when you eat chocolate, you're doing something special!
Chocolate was originally reserved for royalty, priests, and aristocrats. In the 15th century, it became common practice for wealthy merchants to sell their wares through street vendors called chocolatiers.
Here are some interesting facts about chocolate:
The world's most popular food has been around for thousands of years. It was first discovered in Mesoamerica by the Olmec people and later spread throughout Europe and Asia. Today, chocolate is enjoyed all over the world.
The world's largest cocoa bean producer is Indonesia.
Indonesia produces more than half of the world's cocoa beans. In fact, the country accounts for nearly 40 percent of global production.
The most popular type of chocolate is milk chocolate.
Milk chocolate has been around since at least the 16th century when it was first made by monks in Belgium. It was originally used as an ingredient in religious ceremonies. Today, milk chocolate is one of the most popular types of chocolate because it contains less sugar than dark chocolate.
The best-known brand-name chocolates are Hershey's Kisses and Nestle Crunch.
There are several different types of chocolate, each with its own unique flavor profile. Milk chocolate has a smooth texture and mild taste, whereas dark chocolate tends to be more bitter and intense. White chocolate is made by removing the cocoa butter from regular chocolate, resulting in a lighter, less sweet version of the original
Few things worth knowing
1. The average American eats 2 pounds of chocolate per year.
2. Chocolate comes from cacao beans, which contain caffeine and phenylethylamine (PEA), or chemicals known to increase energy levels.
3. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids called polyphenols found in cocoa butter, which reduce cholesterol.
4. Cocoa powder helps reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.
Chocolate has always held a special place in our hearts. We love it because of its dark color, intense flavor, and unique texture.
What does chocolate really mean to you? What do you consider the perfect chocolate? Let's hear from.you in the comments.