Fall In Love With Chocolate
Chocolate gets a bad rap, but it is actually healthier than you'd imagine. An excellent source of copper, iron, magnesium and zinc, it can actually lower blood pressure and decrease your risk for heart disease. Dark chocolate is an especially potent antioxidant, so next time you reach for a candy bar, make sure to make it dark. Mmmmm…
Better than sex
We knew it was dangerously delicious, but did you know that most women would rather eat chocolate than have sex? What's more, a larger percentage of women fantasize about eating chocolate than sex during the day. Men? Well, they're a different story entirely.
Death by chocolate
It would take 22 pounds of chocolate to poison the average human, but dogs and horses have to be much more careful. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs and horses. So be careful not to leave your Valentine's Day candy lying around where your pooch can accidentally eat it.
While it is commonly believed that chocolate is high in caffeine, the opposite is actually true. A 1.4 ounce piece of milk chocolate contains just 6 milligrams of caffeine, about the same amount as a single cup of decaffeinated coffee.
Monkeys discover chocolate
The very first lovers of chocolate were monkeys, who discovered they could eat the tasty pulp of the cocoa bean and spit out the seeds.
The Aztecs revered chocolate so much that they actually used the cocoa mean as a form of currency. For 30 cocoa beans you could purchase a small rabbit, and for one you could get yourself a large tomato.
Believe it or not, chocolate is actually partly responsible for the invention of the microwave oven. After World War II, scientists were experimenting with magnetrons, which are used to generate the microwave radio signals, in an effort to create better radar detectors. One scientist named Percy Spencer went into the lab with a chocolate bar tucked in his pocket. He quickly discovered the power of microwave radiation when he found the bar melting in his pocket. Curious, he began to test the magnetron's ability to cook other foods including popcorn and eggs. The results were astounding. The popcorn popped all over the room and the eggs cooked so quickly that they blew up in his face!
The Aztecs loved chocolate so much they considered it a divine gift from the gods and a source of wisdom and power. They prepared chocolate as a frothy, bitter beverage that was mixed with chili, spices and cornmeal.
The medicinal use of chocolate can be traced back to the Popol Vuh, a sacred text of the Mayan Indians. By the 16th century, European settlers in the Americas were using chocolate to treat a variety of ailments as well.
Chocolate in outer space
Apparently, even astronauts can't live without chocolate! Every Russian and American space voyage has included chocolate bars in their provisions.