As a woman who has dedicated to sharing with women about heart health, I feel obligated if not compelled to make sure you are aware of the significance of 7-7-11.
The 7th of July has been set aside as the Chocolate Day. Yes today! This day has been set aside to celebrate the discovery of the sweet, which over the years has become one of the highly consumed items in the world.
According to records, on the 7th of July 1550, the Europeans discovered chocolate. God bless them. Some historians say the cultivation of cacao, which is the main ingredient, used in the production of chocolate dates back to 1250 B.C. in native Mexico, and the Americas.
The Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes is credited with bringing cacao to Europe. The first time that Cortes tasted chocolate in 1519 in Mexico, he wrote that the drink is “the divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food.” Eventually, the drink was made in Europe in 1550 and the drink has been enjoyed all over the world since then.
Besides today’s celebration – there’s more good news for chocoholics as US researchers have discovered that their favorite treat could be an even better way to boost their health than fruit, and also dubbed it as the latest ’super food.’
They found that chocolates contain more healthy plant compounds and antioxidants, gram-for-gram, than fruit juice and provides far more nutritional goodness than food experts had previously thought, reports the Daily Express.
Scientists at the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition compared cocoa powder, the raw ingredient of chocolate, with powders made from fruits like acai berries, blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates, the ’super fruits’ known for powerful health-giving properties. The research into dark chocolate, containing around 60 percent cocoa, and cocoa drinks found that they too had more antioxidant activity and more flavanols-health-giving plant chemicals-than fruit.
The discovery means cocoa beans meet the nutritional criteria needed for fruits to be classed as ’super fruits’.
“Cacao seeds should be considered a ’super fruit’and products derived from cacao seed extracts, such as natural cocoa powder and dark chocolate, as ’super foods’,”
Chocolate lovers use the excuse of a Chocolate Day to enjoy their delicacy. daaa :)
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