Cocoa, once believed as food of gods, filled with so many secrets in its composition. Few times stronger than the red wine and green tea.
Do you have this sweet, yet healthy habit, to sometimes replace your cup of coffee with a cup of cocoa?
Aphrodisiac and a cure for longevity described through years, and this only increases the attractiveness of this product, rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Mayans and Aztecs believed that it is the food of the gods because of its extraordinary form, and ever since then and up till today is still used along the diet and medicine.
From the warm Gulf of Mexico up till Brazil and Sri Lanka, the cocoa grows in the warm rain forests up to 20 centimeters, and in plantations, where is cultivated, it reaches up to 6 meters.
A whopping 40 percent of the world’s production comes from Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), which means every second chocolate in the world originates from here. This country has exports of 1.3 million tons of cocoa per year.
Did you know that the cocoa is actually a fruit? Yeah, me neither. It is one of the healthiest fruits which humans consume.
Contains antioxidants 2 times more than the red wine and three times more than the green tea. These values refer to raw cacao (some of them are lost during its production, and before and during its processing to get obtained as a final product in form of a powder).
Besides red wine and green tea, by weight, it also has more antioxidants than the blueberries, acai berries, pomegranate and goji berries, TOGETHER.
Raw cocoa contains maximum amount of nutritional value compared to other types of cocoa.The leader of the Spanish people, Cortes, arrived in Mexico and immediately wrote a letter to King Charles that a cup of this strange brew, gives soldiers enough strength to be able to march all day.
Cocoa beans even served as a substitute for cash payment of state taxes.
In the 19th century, dutch Van Hoten, managed to remove the fat from the cocoa and to keep its most precious part, theobromine. Theobromine offers pleasantly excitement to man and returns his strength and is very similar to the theine in tea and coffee’s caffeine.
Since then, with addition of milk and sugar, the production of chocolate has begun. As most healthy and high in quality are considered chocolates containing higher amounts of cocoa in their composition, but the more they have, the more bitter their taste is.
It’s called a super food because it is rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Contains large amounts of iron and therefore it is advisable to be consumed by people who are anemic.
It contains even more iron than spinach, and despite for treatment anemia, it helps in lowering high blood pressure. It also helps to prevent clots in blood. Provides energy and is one of the best articles that are recommended for weight loss.
Some scientists even argue that slows down aging, but is certain that has a positive effect on the brain. Hot cocoa acts, same as you’ve drank a glass of wine, only in the morning you will wake up without a headache. Warm drinks increase body temperature and create feeling of comforts which is reflected in the brain.
It contains ingredients that strengthen hair and nails, keeps your skin beautiful, performs detoxification of the liver and help in the work of the pancreas.
According to one survey, the cocoa is great for improving the condition and operation of blood vessels in smokers.
It is rich in magnesium and chromium, and these in particular, allow great balance of blood sugar which means cocoa is perfect for diabetics.
Raw cocoa contains high phenylethylamine, ingredient known as “love chemical”, which our body produces when we’re in love. And perhaps it is this ingredient that explains the deep connection between love and chocolate!
Now do yourself a cup of cocoa, sweetened it with sugar as less as you can, add a little milk and enjoy!