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In 1828, a Dutch chemist Coenraad van Houten invented a press
that extracted about two thirds of the cocoa butter from the bean
it left behind a dry cake that when pulverized became a "chocolate powder"
soon to be known simply as cocoa.



The nutritional and energy qualities of the chocolate were very appreciated by the Spanish during the early New World colonization .
Today, it is used by the sport competitors as chocolate is an excellent energy booster thanks to its constitutes (iron, magnesium, ...). as a great Spanish man says "When somebody has ate it, he is able to travel all day without tiredness and eating



Since the time of Aztecs&Mayas who have initiated cocoa consumption, the chocolate has always been considered as a sexual stimulant. Even the Aztec emperor Montezuma drank it to "have women access". The theologian Fransiscus Rauch wrote in 1624 "that beverage drank in convents inflame passions".


In the 16th century, the Spanish aristocratic ladies consumed chocolate everywhere even in church. did it help them supporting the too long Masses ? Today, we know that chocolate contains " pheryletylanine " which would have a positive action in case of nervous depression.

Other Chocolate virtues

1-Cocoa butter forms a protective layer over the tooth enamel preventing tooth decay. 2-Chocolate lovers live longer.
3-Hyperactivity in children are not caused by any candy or chocolate.
4-Research has shown that cocoa butter, despite its high saturated fat content, does not raise blood cholesterol levels as do other saturated fats. This is due to its high satiric acid content. Satiric acid, one of the principal fatty acids in cocoa butter, has been found to be used in the body differently, in that it may reduce levels of cholesterol in the blood.
All information are taken from an English magazine.

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