Chocolate known to humanity since 1900 BC in Mesoamerica. It has been used as beverage whilst the cocoa beans has a very high value since it's been used as currency.
THEOBROMA CACAO HEALTH BENEFITS
* 40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries
* Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron
* Full of Magnesium for a Healthy Heart & Brain
* More Calcium Than Cow's Milk
* A Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant
* According to a study conducted at Cornell University, the antioxidant concentration in hot cocoa is almost twice as strong as red wine. Cocoa's concentration was two to three times stronger than that of green tea and four to five times stronger than that of black tea.
* Professor Chang Yong Lee, the leader of the Cornell study, added that the "hot" in "hot chocolate" is important as well. More antioxidants are released when it's heated up.
* A cup of hot cocoa contains 611 milligrams of the phenolic compound gallic acid equivalents (GAE) and 564 milligrams of the flavonoid epicatechin equivalents (ECE). The antioxidant gallic acid is used to treat internal hemorrhages, albuminuria (the presence of albumin in the urine, which can indicate kidney disease) and diabetes.
* Although a regular bar of chocolate has strong antioxidant activity, the health benefits may be outweighed because of the saturated fats present — cocoa generally has much less fat per serving compared to the 8 grams of fat in a standard chocolate bar.
* The flavonoids help your body process nitric oxide, which is why hot cocoa can improve blood flow, help lower your blood pressure and improve heart health.
* The flavonoids in hot chocolate also help prevent platelets in your blood from mingling together and forming clots.
* According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, drinking hot chocolate can help you think better too. The flavonoids increase the blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Since dementia is caused by a reduced flow of blood to the brain, researchers think it could be treated with cocoa.
THEOBROMA CACAO AMAZING FACTS
Did You Know...
* that The United States of America holds a National Cocoa Day? That's every 13th of December.
* that cocoa beans have a little bit of caffeine in them? Chocolate can give you energy and make you feel more awake.
* that West Africa grows over 70% of the world’s cocoa, including the cocoa that is used in most of your favorite store-bought chocolates?
* that it takes 3-5 years before a cacao plant produces it's first pod? Yes, that's a very, very long time to wait for a cup of chocolate.
* that it takes roughly 400 beans to make one pound of chocolate?
* that Theobroma Cacao is the name of the trea bearing your cocoa seeds?
* that the seeds do not grow directly from the tree? Of course, there is a fruit and you can also eat the meat coating the beans that will become the chocolate. Also, the fruit grows in the trunk of the Theobroma Cacao tree.
* that Theobroma Cacao is a tree? Yes, it is a small evergreen tree. It is not a plant or a shrub.