Valentine’s Day is a lot of things to dissimilar people- a prospect to commence new relationships, rekindle old ones, or remind that special somebody how wondrous they genuinely are. Others feel it is just another “Hallmark” holiday where they are expected to do something for unknown reasons. Regardless of your hopes, expectations, or reservations with regards to Valentine’s Day, chocolate has long been a bestloved gift for lovers.
Since the days of the Aztecs chocolate has been employed as a gift. Today a box of luxurious quality chocolate says a thousand “thank you’s”, “good luck”, or “I love you”. Chocolate may be given as a way of saying “congratulations”, “I am sorry” or “get well soon”. On Valentine’s Day chocolate distinctly says “I LOVE YOU!” Chocolate is more than food, it not only fills your belly but also makes you feel soooo good. Elaine Sherman wrote “Chocolate is heavenly, mellow, sensual, deep, dark, sumptuous, gratifying, potent, dense, creamy, seductive, suggestive, rich, excessive, silky, smooth, luxurious, celestial. Chocolate is downfall, happiness, pleasure, love, ecstasy, fantasy … chocolate makes us wicked, guilty, sinful, healthy, chic, happy.” What more could you want to say to your lover on Valentines Day? Even the scientific name for the tree from which chocolate is derived, Theobroma cacao, translated from Greek, means “food of the gods”.
Why does chocolate invoke so some sensations and emotions for us? Chocolate has long been related with passion, romance and love. This association may go all the way back to the Aztecs. They believed chocolate was a source of spiritual wisdom, unbelievable energy and elevated sexual power. Chocolate was widely used as a nuptial help and was widely served at wedding ceremonies. The Aztecs did not know chocolate as we do today; they consumed the cocoa as a drink. Reports indicate that the Emperor Montezuma consumed big quantities of the drink each day and always fortified himself with a cup before agreeably diverting his harem. The explorer Cortes reported to Carlos I of Spain that chocolate is “… the divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink enables a man to walk for a whole day without food.” From the earliest times, chocolate was considered a substance of power and a source of vitality.
Chocolate has been a subject of study since the primary shipment from Veracruz arrived in Spain in 1585. But modern science has made galore interesting conclusions that may help explain our lust for quality chocolate. Chocolate holds organic substances known as alkaloids. The most essential of these substances is theobromine, which works as a stimulant to the kidneys. Stimulants in chocolate also affect the central nervous system, with effects similar to caffeine, which is likewise present in chocolate. A chocolate bar may incorporate as much as 200 mg of theobromine but only when it comes to 25 mg of caffeine. Another essential substance found in chocolate is phenylethylamine, which is part of a group of chemicals known as endorphins. Endorphins have an effect similar to amphetamine and are found naturally in the humane body. When endorphins are freed into the bloodstream, the mood is lifted and sensations of positive energy are reached. The sensation known as “runners high” is caused by endorphins freed for the duration of exercise. Phenylethylamine levels in the brain have likewise been linked to “falling in love”. One more chemical found in chocolate is seratonin. Seratonin is known for it is calming properties. The presence of these chemicals may explain the multitude of sensations chocolate evokes.
Debra Waterhouse, author of Why Women Need Chocolate, conducted a survey and found: 97% of women reported cravings, 68% of which are for chocolate, 50% would choose chocolate over sex, and 22% were more likely than men to choose chocolate as a mood elevator. These determinations could effortlessly be interpreted as a result of how chocolate makes us feel. I don’t recognise why more women choose chocolate than men, for I am a man and I love chocolate.
Critics would say that the gains of eating chocolate are little when equated to the sugar and fat contained in a chocolate bar. The best chocolate, dark chocolate with high cacao butter content has no added fat, as well as a high share of cacao solids and correspondingly less sugar. Although chocolate will never be considered a health feed based on it is nutritional value, it is still good for you! Good for your heart and soul-anything that helps relieve stress and makes you feel so good must be.
Receiving a nicely wrapped box of chocolates causes a sense of anticipation. The pleasure of unwrapping the box, the sensual smell, lifting the soft seductive papers, the look of the smooth dark chocolates. When it ultimately passes your lips and starts to without any delay melt filling your mouth with exquisite pleasure. The taste and smell flood your senses with overpowering ecstasy. Eating it slowly, taking time to get enjoyment from and savor each bit. What better way to commence off an evening of love?
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