We can think of nothing better than finishing off a delicious meal with a chocolatey dessert, and this International Chocolate Day (September 13, 2022), you can tuck into a treat without feeling guilty as chocolate is good for you!
The history of chocolate
The history of chocolate can be traced back to 450BC, originating from Mesoamerica, otherwise known in the present day as Mexico.
More than 4,000 years ago, the Olmecs began refining cocoa beans into chocolate and using them as medicine, and as part of customary rituals.
According to legend, chocolate found its way to Spain in the 16th century through Hernan Cortes, a Spanish explorer who discovered cocoa during his journey to the Americas. From then on, chocolate soon spread to other parts of Europe.
Cocoa is now grown and exported from more than fifty countries, at more than 4.7 million tonnes a year.
Chocolate triggers endorphins
Chocolate contains the chemical phenylethylamine, which is the same chemical your brain produces when you fall in love. This chemical helps to boost your mood and triggers endorphins.
Dark chocolate is more beneficial
In particular, dark chocolate, is more beneficial as it contains compounds that protect against the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in your blood. If these levels are lowered over time, research suggests, the risk of cardiovascular disease can reduce.
Caffeine and theobromine in dark chocolate can also help improve brain function in people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to experts.
Chocolate can improve blood flow to the brain
Flavanols have been proven to increase blood flow to the brain and, you guessed it, chocolate is packed full of flavanols!
Don’t forget to book a table with us soon to enjoy a chocolate dessert from our menu.