Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Her Majesty - Chocolate

"Life is like a box of chocolates ... You never know what you're gonna get." - Forrest Gump's mother in the movie "Forrest Gump."

Our favorite treat, and many of your favorite foods, chocolate, her life begins as a bit of cocoa beans, cocoa fruit of beautiful wood.

Cocoa powder, from which chocolate is created, is made of seeds evergreen tree, Theobroma cacao, or cocoa. It originates in the tropical regions of South and Central America. 

Chocolate has never been just a treat. In the era of the Mayan civilization was used as a means of payment, considered the food of the gods. For her, have always been associated sweet story about power and love.

Chocolate began to pioneer in the history of gastronomy and overwhelmed the planet only 1528th , when the Spanish navigator Cortez from Mexico to Spain passed a load of cocoa grains and equipment for making chocolate.Spanish court is simply crazy to drink prepared from grains. 

Further progress around Europe continued marrying Spanish Princess Anne to the French King Louis XII, who was with him in France led servant who specialized in making drinks from cocoa. So chocolate milk won the French, and then little by little, and the whole world. 

Misconceptions about chocolate

"causes tooth decay" - Lack of hygiene causes tooth decay and any foods containing fermented carbohydrates, and in fact some ingredients in chocolate slow down tooth decay. "Causes Acne" - A series of studies have shown that eating chocolate does not increase the number of acne . "Thicker" - Like any food in exaggerated quantities of chocolate and thicker, but Dice-two prevents overeating in crisis and meets the desire - essential moderation."There are a lot of caffeine "- cubed chocolate is much less caffeine than a cup of coffee, tea or cola drinks."Increases cholesterol" - Cocoa butter, or fat from cocoa beans, despite the high saturated fat does not raise cholesterol levels in the blood. Stearic acid, one of the major fatty acids in cocoa butter, otherwise be exploited in the body and can lower cholesterol levels in the blood. "is addictive" - That is not true, although some people have a more pronounced appetite for chocolate than others. Frequent consumption of chocolate can become a habit that provides enjoyment and a lot of energy, but only eating chocolate can become addictive.

Chocolate also contains calcium, which helps muscle contraction including heart muscle and stimulates enzyme activity in the body. Eating chocolate stimulates the release of endorphins, substances that are normally present in the brain responsible for mood elevator.

You can not buy happiness but it can buy chocolate!