23 "tasty" facts about chocolate
• 23 "delicious" facts about chocolate
Sure, chocolate is one of the best inventions of mankind. We eat it when we are sad, fun, or when we're just hungry. Many people can not imagine their lives without this most tasty treats, and perhaps did not think that chocolate is related many interesting facts:
Cacao trees live up to 200 years. But the bean crop can only be collected for 25 years.
The first chocolate bar suitable for mass consumption, has been made in a chocolate factory J. S. Fry & Sons in Bristol (England) in 1847.
In Belgium, 17,000 people are employed in the production of chocolate.
A small piece of chocolate can give a person enough energy to go 46 meters.
Chocolate was included in the diet of World War II soldiers. On the palate it was "a little better than a boiled potato" to the soldiers do not eat it too fast.
Staff of the US Army together with the Hershey company improved heat resistant properties of chocolate, making it able to withstand the impact of the hot sun during the operation in Kuwait "Desert Storm." Such chocolate bars are not melted at a temperature of 60 ° C.
The first machine for the production of chocolate was made in Barcelona (Spain) in 1780.
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a natural amino acid, which, as scientists believe has aphrodisiac effect, and even the ability to "heal" hangover.
The world's leading producer of cocoa beans without a doubt is the state of Côte d'Ivoire. About 37% of all cocoa beans in the world comes from there.
Cocoa has been around for a few million years old and is probably one of the oldest natural products.
In 2012, Switzerland was recognized as a country with the highest consumption of chocolate per capita. Every Swiss ate an average for the year of about 12 kilogram of this delicacy.
The chocolate is rich in antioxidants. This applies particularly to dark chocolate, which contains flavonoids - antioxidants that help prevent the risk of developing heart disease.
White chocolate, in fact, can not be called chocolate because it contains no cocoa powder or grated chocolate.
The most valuable chocolate bar in the world was produced by Cadbury 100 years ago. She took with Captain Robert Scott on his first expedition to the Antarctic. In 2001, the unspoiled tile length of 10 centimeters was sold at Christie's auction to an anonymous buyer for 687 dollars.
It takes about 40 cocoa beans to create a pound of chocolate.
Hershey Company - the largest and oldest manufacturer of chocolate bars in North America. Founded in 1894 by Milton Hershey company produces 453 million kilograms of chocolate per year.
The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were given to them the god of wisdom. They were great value and were used as currency.
Studies have shown that dark chocolate improves memory, concentration, reaction time and has a positive effect on the ability to quickly solve the problem by increasing the blood flow to the brain. More dark chocolate improves the ability to distinguish low contrast image (e.g., in bad weather conditions) and thereby reducing blood pressure. When creating the legendary scene in the heart of the famous film "Psycho" Alfred Hitchcock used chocolate syrup "the Bosco" as a substitute for blood.
The word "chocolate" is probably derived from the concept of "xocolātl" from the Aztec Nahuatl language (which means "bitter water").
The largest chocolate bar was created by the British company Thorntons in Alfreton October 7, 2011. Tile size of 4 meters long and 4 meters wide weighing 5 t 792, 5 kilograms!
According to a new scientific study, moderate consumption of chocolate can prevent some of the problems associated with pregnancy. theobromine, a substance that is found in chocolate may reduce the risk of developing late in pregnancy preeclampsia (high blood pressure, followed by the appearance of protein in the urine and fluid retention).
About 40% of almonds and 20% peanut growing in the world, go to the production of chocolate products.