“And it melts, God forgive me, it melts ever so slowly on your tongue, and tortures you with pleasure.” Yvette Marceau played by Elisabeth Commelin in Chocolat.
Legend has it that Montezuma drank 50 cups of chocolate a day prior to his medieval dates with 600 women. And to think, you thought all he was responsible for was enacting revenge. In fact, the first people to convert beans into a spicy chocolate drink were natives of Central America, specifically the ascendants of Mexicans. “It’s an historic food and a source of mood enhancers for many people and societies — especially ladies.” according to Neil Edley, professional chocolatier with a candy company called Sugar Plum Chocolates based in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania. “Just as a cat’s evolution designed its olfactory senses to delight in catnip, women and chocolate have a natural chemical harmony like no other.”
Have women, as a collective, unwittingly manipulated their evolvement to delight in chocolate? “Chocolate tastes good, is available when you want it, is a delight to the eye and the palate, is never boring, and doesn’t need any enhancements like Viagra®!” Edley adds wryly, perhaps making a stab at the general dissatisfaction women feel towards men, lately.
Satisfaction aside, chocolate can be healthy, “Chocolate is good source of antioxidants, known for their cell-protecting properties. Antioxidants fight off free radicals that damage cell membranes and the DNA,” said Susan Burke March, MS, CDE, author of Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally. “Although berries, tea, garlic and wine are sources of antioxidants, “cocoa beans top them all,” says Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. His research shows that cocoa beans are the most potent source of polyphenols, a large subgroup of antioxidants.
Carrie Toppano, Director of Sales & Operations of Sweet Beauty Spa, an organic chocolate spa in Seattle taught me that dark chocolate has twice the antioxidants of red wine and four times the antioxidants in green tea. This is why dark chocolate is commonly attributed to being healthier over milk chocolate. Toppano advises that “If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t wear it on your skin.”
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Originally Published in October, 2009