The Latin name for cocoa, Theobroma, literally means “food of the Gods.” This valuable fruit played an important role in many ancient South American cultures. In its earliest form, it was used by the Mayans to create a ritual beverage that was shared during betrothal and marriage ceremonies, providing one of the first known links between chocolate and romance.
Nowadays, Cocoa is the main raw material for Chocolate, this dessert that many people really LOVE! According to a recent study, letting chocolate dissolve slowly in your mouth produces as big an increase in brain activity and heart rate as a passionate kiss.
The positive points of chocolate are often overshadowed as many people use it as the scapegoat of obesity. However, besides making you feel good, cocoa can help prevent cardiovascular diseases and reduce the risk of cancer.
This post was kindly written by our Enjoy student Eliza Scholz Gelsleichter. You may learn more about chocolate by accessing http://www.worldcocoafoundation.org/about-cocoa/history-of-cocoa/ and http://www.icco.org/about-cocoa/health-and-nutrition.html