Probably, it would be quite difficult to find a person who has never tasted the sinful sweetness or passionate bitterness of chocolate. Everyone likes this delicacy more or less. But do you know that chocolate might be considered as a product of vegetables? Do you know how much caffeine you get with one piece of dark chocolate? Or have you ever heard how much people can pay for one chocolate bar? If all answers are no, then you cannot be called a true chocolate lover!
The Belgian, Austrian, and Danish chocolate and sweets are famous all around the world. However, Europeans consume just 40% of all chocolate worldwide. The major part of all chocolate is consumed by Americans. According to the statistics, Americans consume more than 13 billion kilograms of chocolate annually.
The well-known joke that chocolate is kind of a salad is partially true. Dark and milk chocolate are made from cacao beans that are growing on cacao trees. These trees belong to the evergreen plant family called Malvaceae and the harvest of these plants is biologically considered as vegetables. However, white chocolate is a different thing. White chocolate is made of cocoa butter, as a result, it cannot be considered as a real chocolate.
According to the scientific research done in the United Kingdom in 2011, the researchers find out that brain activities are stimulated more intensely by eating chocolate than kissing. Both activities are increasing the level of endorphins, but the stimulation from chocolate that lasts longer and creates more endorphins. However, it is possible to overdose of chocolate and there is a fatal quantity of chocolate, so do not eat too much while feeling lonely. There is a chemical substance called theobromine that naturally arises in chocolate and this substance works like cocaine, morphine, or nicotine. If the big amount of theobromine is consumed, the blood vessels widen and a heart is constantly getting too much stimulation, as a result, this stimulation can finally cause a heart attack. However, the possibility to die in this way is very low because of an average adult person supposed to eat about 8kg of dark chocolate in one sitting to get a deathly dose of theobromine.
Chocolate is known as a natural aphrodisiac for centuries. The raw dark chocolate can increase the level of libido for men and women. Because of the amino acids that naturally arise in the raw chocolate, the blood flow is increased, as a result, the heart and organs of the erogenous zones are working better also. As chocolate is also improving mood because it stimulates brains and causes a higher quantity of endorphins, the feelings of lust, affection, and love are stronger. Dark chocolate has a lot of good calories, so the level of energy is also increased. There is no surprise that chocolate is a very common dessert for romantic dates.
We must be thankful to the Spanish conquistadors for an opportunity to enjoy chocolate and its benefits now. Spanish sailors took cacao beans from South America and spread them around many Spanish monasteries where these beans were finally transformed into sweet and delicious hot chocolate.