Cacao and chocolate was widely used by old civilisations as currency and was seen as a 'food for the gods.'
Early colonial records indicate how cacao was used as a medicine and acted as a carrier in the management of other remedies in the 1500's. The healthful value of cacao was in its capability to treat weak patients with a range of dis-ease. It was particularly known to improve digestion and stimulate kidney and bowel function. Added diseases that responded to medicine using cacao was anaemia, fatigue, fever, low sex drive, respiratory troubles, poor appetite and low breat milk production. In increasing to the cacao bean, the oil/butter was used in the medicine of skin problems together with eczema, psoriasis and burns. Today, cacao oil is carefully a attractiveness aid in its use as a skin moisturizer, lubricating agent and when combined with the cacao bean, is used to make the chocolate confection we're customary with. All chocolate is derived from the cacao bean/seeds. Nicknamed 'black gold' by the Spanish, it's no difficulty that chocolate continues to captivate our taste buds with its rich bittersweet dance on our palette.
With over 300 identifiable chemical compounds, cacao is one of the most involved and pleasurably satisfying foods on the planet. In its raw form, cacao contains anandamide (a euphoric substance), arginine (a natural aphrodisiac), neurotransmitters that stimulate and equilibrium brain activity, tryptophan (an anti-depressant), antioxidants and other beneficial compounds known to have rejuvenating and anti-ageing elements. Cacao is high in the mineral magnesium, critical for helping the heart to pump blood efficiently, construction strong bones, and lowering blood pressure. In fact, the strong desire for chocolate during the female menstrual cycle may be associated to cravings for magnesium, a mineral with calming qualities. Cacao is a good source of the attractiveness mineral sulphur, responsible for salutary skin, nails and hair. In todays culture, chocolate is used as a gift for occasions such as St Valentines Day, Easter, Birthdays and Christmas etc. Many of us are likely to consume a minuscule chocolate everyday for its mood boosting effects in an exertion to escape from the stress of working life. Chocolate satiates our appetite for satisfaction like no other substance. Is it any wonder that 50% of women prefer chocolate to sex? The portability and availability of chocolate makes it the exquisite secret satisfaction to enjoy anytime, anywhere.
With the revival of films like 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory' and 'Le Chocolat', chocolate lovers anywhere got to indulge their fantasies, inspired by the film industry. It's safe to say that Johnny Depp and Chocolate originate a unique and compatible partnership most women would be happy to personally explore! Yes, chocolate and sex go hand in hand and when packaged in shiny red and gold, make a highly thoughprovoking and stimulating friend no one wants to be without.
A symbol of sensuality, any male suitor is wise to offer a gift of chocolate to any prospective female; a delightful box of dark edibles all wrapped in ornamental gold foil will put a smile on any chocolate-loving females face. Cacao has always been associated with fertility and love by indigenous cultures.
The versatility of chocolate has allowed us to develop our repertoire of how we can engage ourselves with its intense flavours and textures. From mouth-watering rich cream gateaux to the velvety texture in truffles, there is nothing we can't do with chocolate; it inspires us to originate more and more mouth-watering variations to satisfy our appetite. In fact, one can devote one's whole life to becoming a chocolate 'creative' of distinction.
Chocolate will always be an affordable luxury that approximately anything can indulge regardless of class or stature. We can all taste what the Aztecs and Mayans tasted and we will always be grateful for their cultivation of the revered and sacred cacao bean. Long may we continue our passionate, blissful affair with this divine gift from the cacao tree.