HISTORY- The secret of cacao tree was discovered around 2,000 years ago in Central American rain forests. At that time tropical mix of rainfall combined with humidity and temperature provided the climate for cultivation of the plant from which chocolate is derived, called cacao tree. Cacao was an essential and important part of Mayan culture. The Mayan also used Cacao beans as currency. The first people who made chocolate were the cultures of America and Mexico. They mixed Cacao seeds with various seasonings to make spicy drink. Later, the drink’s popularity spread throughout the Europe. Since then, new experiments and techniques have brought changes in the tastes of chocolates. The taste of chocolate depends upon proportion of cacao and other integrands used in the mixture.
Studies have proved that dark chocolate which is sweet and delicious is good for curing heart stroke. Dark chocolate is made from cacao beans. It has coconut palm sugar and it is high in nutrients. It contains high level of flavonoids and antioxidants. It contains low glycemic index so it doesn’t raise your sugar level. Dark chocolate reduces insulin resistance and helps your body to efficiently use the insulin. It stimulates the production of chemicals in the brain that brings you the feeling of pleasure. It also works as an anti-depressant. Flavonoids in dark chocolates helps in protecting and increasing blood flow in skin and improves skin’s complexion. It contains a chemical which is effecting in treating cough. Dark chocolate is considered as one of the best food for fighting against cancer. It reduces inflammation and inhibits cancer cell division. Dark chocolates have positive effects on blood pressure, stress, circulation and energy. The dark chocolate antioxidants and other phytochemicals can balance blood pressure and promote general health by reversing heart disease.
Researchers have found that chocolates can protect against tooth decay. Even someday its components may be added to face wash and tooth pastes. Scientists have discovered that the outer part of the cacao bean which usually goes as waste during chocolate production has an anti-bacterial effect on mouth and it can fight against dental plaque and other damaging agents. The foods which contain carbohydrates are cavity causing culprits whereas cacao butter in chocolates coats your teeth and make them less likely to cause tooth decay. Chocolates may be high in sugar but they melts in very much less time in your mouth giving no time to bacteria to cause tooth decay or any other damage.
Chocolate contains the stimulant Theobromine and also phenylethylamine, which stimulates the same hormones as lovemaking. There are some small amount of a substance in chocolates which gives a feeling of wellbeing. Chocolate triggers the brain and releases a hormone which speeds up your pulses and give you a pleasant high feeling, rather like being in love. Studies have shown reduction in stress hormones and other stress-related changes in those who eats chocolates regularly than those who does not. Some substances in cacao affects the levels of serotonin – which can ease depression and boost your mood.
Cocoa chocolate was known not only for its good taste but also for its effective health effects. It improves the heart function and relieves stimulation of the nervous system, facilitated digestion, and improved kidney and bowel function. In addition, cocoa was used to treat, mental fatigue, anemia, tuberculosis, gout, fever, kidney stones, and even poor sexual appetite. Foods rich in flavonoids were associated with a decreased risk of death caused by heart disease. Dark chocolate prevents arteriosclerosis, lowers high-blood pressure. Chocolate contains a molecule that can easily cross the blood-brain barrier, the levels in chocolate are probably too low to produce an effect on our mood by itself. Chocolates contain magnesium salts and its absence in elderly females may be responsible for the post-menopausal condition known as chocoholism. Chocolate contains a molecule that resembles psychoactive stimulants.
There is one more interesting fact which is not known to most of the people i.e food also promotes skin health. Chocolate is a skin-friendly ingredient which helps your skin to stay healthy, glowing and just flawless.Flavonols found in dark chocolate helps your skin to protect itself from sunburn, redness and other signs of UV damage. Cocoa helps in reducing stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin and fewer wrinkles. It removes the dead skin cells and allows the newly exposed, fresh skin to breathe freely. Dark chocolates are found to be rich in copper, zinc and iron which promotes the cell renewal growth process. So eating at least 2 chocolates every day will increase oxygen and blood flow to the scalp and lead to healthier and strong hair. Chocolates have a low glycemic index which helps in reducing huge spikes in sugar level. Dark chocolates contain theobromine, a chemical which is found to harden our tooth enamel.