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Chocolates are for Everyone Who Loves Chocolates
That is the impression gained by looking around the web at other sites and lenses. Yum! This is the catch phrase when it comes to describing this wonderful treat. Or is it so wonderful?
As a gift it is always a winner. As a treat there is probably none better. As a heath food it is full of antioxidants to ward off free radicals. As a friend it is almost necessary when one is in need of comfort. As a companion it is often the thing many will reach out to when occupying their minds with a task, engaged in a project or when writing.
Chocolate is just one of the best all rounders there is. Get some today if you need to and you can buy it over the web. In fact, you can buy them from this web site
Thanks to the Mexicans for Chocolate
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According to Wikipedia: "Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central and South America. Its earliest documented use is around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocol1tl, a Nahuatl word meaning "bitter water". The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor."
It was used in religious ceremonies and festivals as a sacred drink containing chili and vanilla. This was favored by the Royal Families of the Aztecs and Mayans as a mood enhancer. It was also offered to the gods. The cacao bean was used as a currency and things were priced according to their worth in beans. The plant was only known in Meso America at that time.
It came to Europe via Spain with the return of Cortez and other explorers in the region during the sixteenth century. It was much favoured by the aristocrocracy who also used it as a drink. The introduction of sugar into Euope at around the same time saw it used to sweeten the bitter drink made from it, although chili was excluded but vanilla was still added. During the 19th Century John Cadbury found a way of emulsifying the chocolate using milk and he then produced the first solid chocolate bar.
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Health Benefits of Chocolate
Because of the high sugar content that manufacturers put into chocolate many would think it is bad for you. But quite the opposite is true. Chocolate is made from a plant which is very high in antioxidants. Scientists believe it has 8 times more antioxidants than strawberries. These little wonders come from the flavonoids.
Antioxidants meet up with free radicals, or damage causing changes within cells. The latter can cause cancer, heart disease and other problems that in turn can create high blood pressure, insulin deficiency and a myriad of other problems. Wikipedia notes: "An antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons or hydrogen from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. In turn, these radicals can start chain reactions. When the chain reaction occurs in a cell, it can cause damage or death to the cell."
This is how cells break down and some change into destructive cells that can then alter whole sections of the body until death occurs.
Chocolate can inhibit this process, especially dark chocolate. That's why good quality dark chocolate is not only a health benefit but something one should include in their daily intake of food. Without the sugar dark chocolate is certainly good for you.
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What goes with chocolate? Coffee, of course, which is also high in antioxidants as it too is from a plant from the same regions as chocolate initially. More can be said of this beverage in another lens. Meanwhile here is a treat for you!
Making Candy Canes
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