What… Chocolate IS GOOD FOR YOU?! Now that’s an awesome bit of news to hear! The numbers show that Americans are insane for the treat as: 58 million pounds of chocolate are consumed during Valentine’s week at a total of $345 million dollars. 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold in America. And, 100 pounds of chocolate are eaten every second in the United States.
Is Chocolate Really Addictive? Women are the biggest chocoholics, making chocolate their most frequently craved food. The sugar and fat content within releases serotonin in the brain which makes us feel happy. Researchers say the substance known as enkephalin is brought about in the brain by chocolate consumption, releasing endorphins that cause an almost drug-like affect that makes us crave its sweet and tasty goodness. And, just the smell of chocolate can lift our spirits. Science has identified that aroma compounds from roasted cacao beans binds to odor receptors in humans, increasing theta brain waves causing instant feelings of relaxation and happiness.
Wait… Chocolate is Healthy? Over the past few years, the medical community has been praising delicious dark chocolate for its inner goodness of the healthy antioxidants within. The higher the cocoa content it contains, the less sugar and carbs it has which translates to better health benefits overall. Experts are now saying that the potential benefits of eating dark chocolate may include: Lowering cholesterol levels . Prevent memory decline . Reducing the risk of heart disease by one third.
Some Interesting Chocolaty Factoids to Ponder:
Cocoa and Cacao is the same thing – it’s a bean.
The candy M&M’s was initially created in 1941 so US soldiers could enjoy chocolate without it melting on them.
The Atzecs were the first to drink hot chocolate and used the cacao bean as a form of currency.
The first chocolate bar was made by in Great Britain by Cadbury back in 1842 – and to that we say THANK YOU!