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Unbelievable Facts About Cocoa

Today it’s almost impossible to meet a person who would not know what chocolate is. Chocolate does have a rich history, as people have been drinking it for thousands of years. If we dig into it, we come across amazing intricacies and twists of fortune of humble cocoa beans. See 13 unbelievable fact about chocolate ( cocoa)

Chocolate contains mood-lifting agents, the very same ones that your organism produces naturally when you are happy or in love.

Chocolate is a great source of antioxidants that help your organism resist stress and pollution.

World War II combat troops were rationed chocolate bars as their only source of food because they are a highly concentrated source of energy due to its cocoa powder and sugar content.

The scientific name of cacao trees is ‘Theobroma cacao’ which translates from ancient Greek as ‘food of the gods’? These trees can grow up to 15 metres.

The first chocolate drink was bitter.

Cacao beans used to be a currency. They would once even be given as a dowry when members of the Spanish Royal Family married other European aristocrats.

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For some time, chocolate was a state monopoly in France and could be consumed only by members of the royal court in France?

The first Chocolate House (a place very similar to a modern café) was opened in London in 1657. Hot chocolate used to be so expensive that it was considered a drink for the elite .

The recipe of chocolate drink was kept a secret by the Spaniards for almost 100 years before the rest of European countries discovered it.

Chocolate contains chemical substances that can be extracted and used in cosmetics and medicine.

The word ‘chocolate’ comes from the Aztec word ‘xocolatl’ which means ‘bitter water’.

Since 1995 the whole world celebrates the Day of Chocolate on the 11 of July.

Over 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, which provides the bulk of cocoa used for mass-produced chocolate.

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