Six Facts You Didn’t Know About Chocolate

Many of us have heard of health benefits and mental happiness that chocolate can provide. We know chocolate as a dessert, a drink, a snack, a filling, an ingredient, and even an aphrodisiac - but did you know these 6 facts?

  • Chocolate has over 600 flavor compounds.

  • The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation.

  • Chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth and protects against tooth decay.

  • Cacao was once used as currency in Aztec times.

  • Cacao trees can live to be 200 years old, but only make viable beans for 25 of those years.

  • Cacao beans produce a cannabinoid called ‘anandamide’ - binding to the same receptors as THC in your brain, making chocolate and cannabis such a pleasant combination.

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