a brief history of chocolate
Chocolate is a raw or processed food produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central and South America, with its earliest documented use around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesaamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs. The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavour.
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the future is chocolate
‘Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.’
Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump
The possible health effects of chocolate include both positive and negative effects. While chocolate is regularly eaten for pleasure, there are potential beneficial health effects of eating chocolate. Cocoa or dark chocolate may positively affect the circulatory system. Other possible effects under basic research include anti-cancer, brain stimulating, cough preventing and anti-diarrhroeal properties.
Limited amounts of dark chocolate appears, according to research, to help to prevent heart disease. Studies have shown the polyphenols in chocolate inhibit oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
Eating chocolate neither causes nor aggravates acne.
Chocolate does not promote tooth decay, although the sugar in chocolate, as in other foods, does cause cavities, there is even evidence that the cocoa butter in chocolate may inhibit the formation of plaque.
Doctors often prescribe daily aspirin usage for its cardio-protective effects. However, a percentage of the population is unable to take aspirin as required, and chocolate therapy is a pleasant and beneficial alternative.
Although chocolate contains fat it is a fat similar to that found in olive oil, whose health benefits have been well documented.
Chocolate contains theobromine, caffeine, phenylethylamine and anandamide. Theobromine and caffeine are stimulants. Phenylethylamine combines with dopamine in the brain to produce a mild anti-depressant effect. Anandamide produces feelings of calm and well being.
On the other hand, the unconstrained consumption of large quantities of any energy-rich food such as chocolate is thought to increase the risk of obesity without a corresponding increase in activity.
Lah,lah,lah, not listening – fingers in ears lah,lah,lah
chocolate and sex
It’s aphrodisiac effect is not yet proven, however, a study reported by the BBC indicated that melting chocolate in one’s mouth produced an increase in brain activity and heart rate that was more intense than that associated with passionate kissing. It also lasted four times as long after the activity had ended.
Forever there has been a connection between sex and chocolate.
The complex relationship of consuming chocolate, feeling good, having sex, and consuming more chocolate is an intricate pattern set on a Mayan loom, and woven more deftly with every new generation in every new culture.
‘Twill make old women young and fresh,
Create new motions of the flesh.
And cause them long for you know what,
If they but taste of chocolate.’
- James Wadworth (1768-1844)
All men believe sex is better than chocolate. All women know chocolate is better than sex. The only way to completely satisfy both sexes is to combine the two.
I’m quite enjoying this but I’ll put the rest of this rambling in a comment and move on to context.
Chocolate at flat time house
I love chocolate. Did I mention that yet?
A day without is a day without sunshine.
To have arrived at the house without enough to get me through the week would have been reckless and unwise. Chocolate is essential for my health and well-being.
To say I love chocolate is throw-away. An ‘I love you too’ worth phrase.
Eating chocolate is an act of self-love and appreciation. Sorry, I must re-phrase. Eating quality chocolate is an act of self-love and appreciation. Mars bars are self-harm.
Anything below 70% cocoa solids [solids mind you, otherwise they creep the cocoa butter back in], tips the balance between profit and loss.
Sin, sex, gratification, well-being, all wrapped in foil.
Anyway, to cut a long tale short [don’t snort] my supplies lasted the day. It was needed, required. A relational tool. A leveller. A lovely, lovely thing.
It created almost immediately a frisson, a giggle.
A circle, a round.
A group of chocolate sharers.
Oftentimes my chocolate proclivity has led me to feel like a ‘pusher’.
Not so here.
As the days rolled on more was required.
Luckily for my purse. the role of chocolate procurer generale was taken up by others and a steady stream of well made and ethically sourced beauties appeared.
The location of a supreme ‘madame du chocolate’ not 200yards from the House a happy coincidence? I don’t believe in those. [Give me a mo and I’ll add in the link].
I would like to hope that my contribution to a social future might be now, or in the future, manifest in works worthy of critical comment. I suspect I may only henceforth be known as ‘the one who brought the chocolate’.