Top 5 Interesting Facts About Chocolate
- Category: Misc
- Created on Friday, 14 September 2012 19:35
- Written by Emily Lawrence
Chocolate is one of the most popular flavours in the world, long time considered as the food of gods – but did you know that yesterday was the International Chocolate Day? September 13th is the happiest day of the year for all chocoholics – it’s the official international chocolate day. As you allready know chocolate has very health benefits for our bodies, contains great antioxidans, reduces stroke and heart disease and improves vision. Just one piece od this addictive flavour can act as a great anti-depressant and can improve your mood. Although there are many fun and interesting fact about our favorite sweet treat, we compiled a list of the Top 5 most interesting facts about chocolate!
The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word Xocolati – which means bitter water. The Aztecs mixed cacao beans with chillies, cornmeal and hallucinogenic Mushrooms – and they given this name because they considered they made a drink.
It’s not scientifically proven but the Aztec Indians believed that chocolate is great aphrodisiac. This theory is bellived by many and supported by the facts that chocolate contain many stimulants like caffeine, theobromine, and phenyethylamine.
The largest chocolate bar ever made was created by Elah-Dufour United Food Companies in Turin, Italy in 2000. According to the Guiness World Book of Records, the biggest chocolate in the world weighed 2268 kilograms.
History says that the great emperor Napoleon Bonaparte always carried chocolate with him, and ate it whenever he needed energy. In 1796, durin a campaign in Italy, Napoleon fell ill and the only food he can tolerate was chocolate. After his recovering he always cariied with him chocolate. Napoleon used to say that he never understood why foreign diplomats presented him expensive gifts when all he ever wanted was just a box of chocolate.
The first case of Death from chocolate was recorded in Chiapas, Mexico in 17th Century. Local people were so addicted to chocolate and therefore refused to adhere to the church who dictated chocolate ban. As a result of this, the people refused not only to not listen the ban, but not to attend any worship services. Ironically the Bishop who passed the law was found dead because in his daily cup of chocolate was mixed poison.