Cocoa, a blessing for health

Food of the Gods

The botanical name for cocoa, Cocoa Theobroma, literally means “Food of the Gods”. It has been grown for over 3,000 years in Central and South America, where it enjoyed an amazing reputation. Mayans and Aztecs used to consume it mixed with water and spices, and even attributed divine virtues to it. Anyone dipping their lips in this elixir would be imbued with great wisdom and eternal vitality.

Delight of Kings

These distant ancestors already considered cocoa as one of the most perfect and sought-after foods. When conquistador Hernando Cortez brought it back to Spain from the New World in the 16th century, it was quickly coveted by all of Europe. King Louis XIV’s courtiers splurged on this delicacy. Still today, snacking on a piece of dark chocolate is pure pleasure.

A healthy snack

In addition to its delicious taste, dark chocolate is highly nutritious. It is a great source of flavonoid antioxidants, which are considered more potent than those found in red wine and green tea.

It is rich in magnesium, which promotes bone and mental health.

Snacking on two squares of dark chocolate a day may help lower blood pressure and regulate cholesterol. Its high fibre content helps regulate intestinal transit.

From peace to ecstasy

Raw cocoa contains theobromine and anandamide, which stimulate the nervous system and promote the production of endorphins, the hormones of pleasure. Cocoa may act as a natural antidepressant. Haven’t you noticed that chocoholics always have a smile on their faces?

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To learn more about cocoa and dark chocolate:

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http://www.lasantedanslassiette.com/au-menu/articles/cacao-bienfaits.html

http://www.lifefood.fr/article/items/bienfaits-cacao.html

http://www.doctissimo.fr/html/sante/phytotherapie/plante-medicinale/cacao.htm