10 Things You Need to Know About Chocolate

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Chocolate, there aren’t many people who don’t like it, dark, milk, fancy, or just a large satisfying candy bar. For me, a hunk of dark chocolate can fix even the worst day! How much do you really know about our (my) favorite treat?

  1. It takes 25 cocoa beans to make one ounce of chocolate.
  2. Most of the cocoa in our chocolate is grown in West Africa. In fact a full 70% comes from there.
  3. Does dark chocolate offer more health benefits that milk chocolate? People who ate chocolate had healthier hearts, even though they ate mostly milk chocolate, according to a study done in Scotland. Researchers speculated that ingredients other than cocoa antioxidants, which are higher in the dark variety, could be responsible for these benefits.
  4.  Chocolate benefits include, a healthier heart, improved memory, and fewer wrinkles, as supported by multiple studies.  A recent study on Korean women found that a daily high antioxidant cocoa drink improved skin elasticity and reduced wrinkle formation. Yes, I said fewer wrinkles!
  5. Milk chocolate was invented by a Swiss Chocolatier. It was then produced by the Swiss company Nestle’ in 1875.  Milton Hershey invented his own milk chocolate in the USA in early 1900.
  6. Foods made with real chocolate, rather than chocolate flavoring, contain beneficial antioxidants making it healthier for you.
  7. Ancient Aztecs and Mayans made a drink from ground cocoa beans. It was served hot or cold and was not sweet.
  8. Dutch researchers compared appetites of people who fasted and then ate 3.5 oz of either dark or milk chocolate. During the next 5 hours they were allowed to eat unlimited pizza. Those who ate the dark chocolate ate 15% less pizza and had less desire for sweet, salty , or fatty foods. What, weight loss?!
  9. In chocolate cake, most of the antioxidants in the chocolate will be destroyed by baking soda. However, when baking soda is replaced with baking powder, the cake retains nearly all of its antioxidant properties. The alkaline nature of baking soda destroys the antioxidant benefits.
  10.  Adults who ate chocolate regularly weighed less than those who did not, as found by researchers at the University of San Diego. These chocolate lovers did not eat fewer overall calories or get more exercise.

So there you have it. Eat less, weigh less and have fewer wrinkles all from eating chocolate! In moderation of course…

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