I love chocolate. I always have. In fact, when I was three, my parents caught me hoarding chocolate under my mattress. It was really funny too because they always let us eat candy whenever we wanted so there was no reason for me to stash it away. I guess I just wanted it all for myself. And the ants.
I would blame my mom since her diet when she was pregnant with me consisted of chocolate and cheese puffs. (Don’t worry guys, I turned out fine.) It’s because of my love of chocolate that I can justify any so-called “bad” food. Ask anyone in our office, I’ll tell you exactly why it’s okay to eat that piece of cake for breakfast.
Chocolate is amazing and actually isn’t bad for you, unless you’re eating, like, the entire Hershey factory or something. So here are 8 weird but true and awesome facts about chocolate!
Chocolate Was Used As Money
In Mayan history, cacao beans were used as currency. The beans were literally coins and were even counterfeited! And the only people who consumed chocolate were the extremely wealthy who had extra to waste.
Dark Chocolate Is The Best
Chocolate has flavonoids, which give off anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and cell-protective effects. Flavonoids have been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease. But dark chocolate has the highest amount of flavonoids with 536 milligrams per 1.4-ounce serving.
Chocolate Was A Form Of Medicine
Throughout history, cocoa was used to treat a variety of ailments from fevers to stomach aches to tuberculosis. It has a long, long medicinal reputation. A chocolate bar probably won't cure you of the flu today, but it might make you feel better if your blood sugar is low.
Chocolate Really Can Relieve PMS
Unfortunately, you don't actually crave chocolate during your period. Your body instead craves comfort, which is a property of chocolate. And chocolate contains magnesium and calcium, which are both known to alleviate symptoms of PMS.
It Won't Keep You Up At Night
Many claim that chocolate has a bunch of caffeine, but it actually doesn't. Chocolate barely has any caffeine and even has less than soda and coffee.
White Chocolate Isn't Really Chocolate
Gasp! I know. Whatever, it doesn't even taste like chocolate if we're being honest. That's because it isn't. White chocolate doesn't contain any chocolate solids. Instead it's made out of cocoa butter and other dairy products. Impostor!
Chocolate Does Make You Happy
Chocolate contains a chemical called serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter for good feelings. Serotonin also curbs feelings of depression. Eating chocolate literally makes you happy because you're taking in happy feelings.
Chocolate Is Good For Your Teeth
Recent studies show that chocolate isn't bad for your teeth and might actually be good for them! Don't start brushing your teeth with hot fudge just yet. Scientists found that cocoa beans actually prevent mouth and tooth decay and that chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect so chewing on a chocolate bar isn't the best remedy. But cocoa beans might help!
Did you know any of these facts about chocolate? Do you know of any others? Tell us in the comments!