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Chocolate - money, drug or an elixir of love?

... Present yourself among the Spanish conquistadors who for the first time set foot on land of Aztecs. Rattling swords, there are you the amicable company to the imperial palace. Around you slightly dumbfounded Aztecs in a whisper calling you “the white gods who left the sea“ crowd. You, Spaniards, are curious too, looking around at that “gold which badly lies“. the Emperor Montezuma and his citizens suit to

in your honor a sumptuous feast. And, as it is necessary not to the greedy, but hospitable host, he orders to bring an exclusive entertainment - drink of the Aztec nobility. Your eyes feverishly shine - servants bring the weighty gold bowls filled with liquid, unusual for you, under the suspicious name kakaguatl.

Having frowned, all of you decide to taste, hoping that the name not necessarily is true. And here the warm liquid with bitterish taste prepared from mix of grains of cocoa and the begun to ferment wine pleasantly flows down in your stomach. “Pretty well, - you think, smacking the lips, - this drink is worthy the king who well paid for it“. Quite so for certain the conquistador Hernan Cortes also thought. Without wasting time, Hernan parts the whole plantation of kakaovy trees and begins to trade in “brown gold“ successfully. Especially as among Indians of cocoa there are beans are used instead of money.

... First, up to the 18th century, the monopoly for trade of cocoa - beans was held by Spain. This drink seasoned with various spices was especially estimated by women of quality of Spain. To them it was entrusted to keep in secret recipes of chocolate. But it is ladies. To keep secrets for women, as we know, it is very difficult. And therefore soon all Europe enjoyed this fine drink.

Since that moment chocolate began to stride victoriously across Europe, sweeping away competitors on the way. So, in 1763, having been frightened of “shokoladomaniya“, brewers of England demanded to issue the decree on restriction of its production.

But nothing left as industrial revolution burst. There were whole chocolate mills milling cocoa - beans by means of steam engines. And chocolate became even more!

And in 1828 there was one more important event. Chocolate made friends with the chemist Conrad van Huten who learned to separate cocoa - powder and oil from pulp of grains. Continuing “to contrive“, Conrad mixed cocoa - powder, cocoa - oil and sugar. And - oh, eureka! So there was a firm chocolate known to us. To chocolates we are obliged to such ingenious people as Horsha Koler, Lind, Nestle, Peter, Sushar and Tobler. Thank them for this various yum-yum. And not just yum-yum.

The Japanese scientists found out that chocolate contains polyphenols of cocoa which interfere with developing of cancer and arteriosclerosis. Also he helps to cope with a stress and supports immune system. to

Chocolate - it is harmful?

Well and as skin blackheads and caries, you ask. We are obliged by it to Mr. to chocolate too? However the truth that chocolate is not guilty in acne rash. It contains also an anti-carious factor. In other words, when we chew chocolate, caries does not threaten us. One more fiction claims that chocolate is guilty in excess weight. Is not present too in any way! It does not increase cholesterol level in blood as other saturated fats. Pure chocolate is a vegetable product, and therefore it does not contain cholesterol.

Or perhaps you are afraid of caffeine in chocolate? In vain. 100 grams of bitter chocolate contain only 20-30 milligrams of caffeine whereas the cup of coffee contains 100-150 milligrams.

Chocolate is a drug?

Why when the melancholy, - us on sweet (it is also desirable chocolate) pulls? And all because there is in it one secret. It is about the substance similar to amphetamines. And also the substance causing feeling of euphoria what hemp can cause. But, unlike these harmful substances, chocolate has no side effect and does not cause accustoming... well, almost does not cause. It is possible to advise safely: chew on health. This “drug“ to you only on advantage.

Chocolate molecules of love

of the Woman what to you is given by men in love most often? Really chocolate? But not therefore whether, as love, and chocolate make active in a brain happiness hormone (feniletilamin). Hormone which the Australian scientist Peter Godfi called “love molecules“.

Now it becomes clear that means “madly to love chocolate“.