Happy National Chocolate Day!!!!!

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It seems very funny to me that National Chocolate Day comes right before Halloween (which is filled with chocolate candy among other things.) I defiantly notice the irony that I just did a post about eating candy in moderation, then one about celebrating chocolate. You got me. But come on this is a national event. We can’t miss that right???? In any case, no one can say National Chocolate Day is not a reason to celebrate. Here are 10 reasons to celebrate this yummy confection.

  1. Chocolate, especially the dark variety, is rich in anti-oxidants, which reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Chocolate also has copper, iron, zinc and magnesium -nutrients essential to the body- www.2020site.org
  2. Chocolate syrup was used to depict blood in the iconic shower scene of Hitchcock’s film, “Psycho.” –www.2020site.org
  3. Scientific research can prove that chocolate is not addictive –www.2020site.org
  4. Cacao trees can live to be 200 years old, but they produce marketable cocoa beans for only 25 years.www.Randomhistory.com
  5.  Researchers have found no link between acne and chocolate. In fact, German researchers suggest that flavonoids in chocolate absorb UV light, which help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, ultimately improving its appearance. -www.Randomhistory.com
  6. In September, 2011, a chocolate bar was created that weighed close to 12 thousand pounds. The bar required roughly seventeen hundred pounds of cocoa butter and about fourteen hundred pounds of chocolate liquor. – www.listverse.com
  7.  The name chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocalati meaning bitter water. Not at all surprising, being that they concocted a drink by combining cacao with chillie peppers, achiote, cornmeal and it’s believed they added a form of hallucnogenic mushroom (possibly helped to take their minds of the taste).- www.streetdirectory.com
  8.  Chocolate produces the effects of a mild anti-depressant by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. –www.streetdirectory.com
  9.  Although not scientifically proven, chocolate is believed by many, to be an aphrodisiac. The theory is supported by the fact that chocolate does contain among many chemicals the stimulants: caffeine, theobromine, and phenyethylamine.-www.streetsdirectory.com
  10. It tastes really good and makes people happy!!!!

    picture from eattravellive.com
    picture from eattravellive.com

So, at least for today, enjoy a piece (in moderation of course) of  guilt-free chocolate and celebrate all the history, joy, and health benefits it bestows. Have a very chocolaty day!

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