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The Chocolate Myth
Courtesy of www.origins.com

Got the gloomies? Low on energy? Love life need a lift? Discover nature's original therapist - chocolate. For thousands of years, civilizations around the world have relied on therapeutic Theobroma Cacao (pronounced ka-KOW) to treat the body, mind and soul. It's been a sacred source of strength and stamina, amorous energy, power and passion, health and happiness, wealth and wisdom.

Chocolate's history takes us back to about 600 AD., when the ancient Mayans of Mexico considered the Cocoa Bean to be the ultimate status symbol. It served as their currency. And those lucky enough to have lots used their excess to mix a drink of Chocolate and spices called "chocolatl," believing it to bring wisdom and power. By the 1500s, the Mayans? love for chocolate had been adopted by the Aztecs, especially by their Emperor Montezuma. Legend has it that he drank as many as 50 cups of chocolate a day! And he is reputed to have claimed: "The divine drink builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food."

Fast forward a few hundred years to the 18th Century. It was then that the great Italian lover Casanova credited Cocoa for his famed mojo. He made sure he never went on a date without it! And it was about this very same time that one of America's founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, saw the importance of chocolate, too. In 1785 he wrote, "The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it preference over tea and coffee."

Today modern science melts the myths about the dark side of chocolate. In fact, one Harvard University study recently revealed that our deep love of chocolate may lead to a happier life. The world's favorite food is choc-full of potent plant polyphenols (phytochemicals known to help increase the body's natural defenses). These powerful antioxidants help to protect against the age-accelerating effects of free radicals now, and for the future.

Cocoa is a kaleidoscope of over 400 components including Vitamins and Minerals like Potassium, Magnesium, Copper, Calcium and Iron. Chocolate also contains both Phenylethylamine and Seratonin, two "feel-good" substances that are naturally released when we're happy, in love or feeling passionate.

Learn more at www.origins.com.

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