3000-year old pottery shards found in Honduras had traces of a chemical found in cocoa, known as the “food of the gods”. A wine-like drink was made by fermenting the pulp of the chocolate seeds.
Today’s research tells us cacao gives us a sense of well-being, enhances alertness, stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain and the immune system and might actually help you to live longer.
You have to be careful about the not-so-healthy ingredients such as sugar.
As little as 1.5 ounces of healthy chocolate every month is all it takes to benefit your health.
And, nope, a bag of high fructose corn syrup-laden chocolate goodies won’t do your kids any good. Buy some really good chocolate with 72% cocoa, but be careful of the caffeine!
It’s just what the Aztecs enjoyed when they created their “food of the gods”!
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