“Forget love, I’d rather fall on chocolate”
Cadbury, Bournvil, Snickers, Hersheys, Ferrero rocher, Galaxy, Amul, Nestle! Is anyone else’s mouth watering over the thought of these scrumptious treats? As far as my state is concerned, I would forget all my rage and disputes with chocolates in my vicinity.
Life without chocolate is too terrible to contemplate. Let’s face it, a simple chocolate bar works wonders. Love chocolate for only its taste? Here are some fun new reasons to love it even more! Top three scientific facts about chocolate-
1. Ever wondered, why does chocolate act like an adhesive and fixes our disintegrated brains transforming us back into our previous lively soul? Yes! There is science behind that! It contains Tryptophan that influences the levels of endorphins in our brains and increases the production of serotonin, which leads to elevated states of euphoria. Moreover, it also helps create serotonin that is responsible for feelings of well-being and contentment, as well as curbing anxiety and depression thus acting as a great natural antidepressant. So now it makes sense, why we all are so crazy after chocolate.
2.Not to forget another chemical in chocolate called phenylethylamine that releases certain “pleasure” endorphins in the brain, which make people feel good all over – similar to how they feel when they’re madly in love.
In the early 1980s, psychiatrist Michael Liebowitz, author of the popular 1983 book The Chemistry of Love, remarked to reporters, “chocolate is loaded with PEA [or Phenethylamine ]”. This became the focus for an article in The New York Times, evolving into the now-eponymous “Chocolate theory of love”. So, is it the reason behind its extensive use during valentine’s day?
3.We all are familiar with that luscious feeling when chocolate melts in our mouths. That’s one thing I love about it. Chocolate’s melting point is around 35 degrees Celsius which is just below the average temperature of our body. This slight difference is the scientific reason why chocolate melts in that slow,, delectable way: it’s warm enough to melt, but not so warm as to liquefy on contact.
Well what does history have to say about chocolates, let’s have a look—
- The word Chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocolatl, meaning, bitter water. Pretty Ironical! True that!
2.Death due to chocolate? Yes, it did happen in Mexico in the 17th century. To be fair, it wasn’t the chocolate alone, but the poison injected into it, that killed a Spanish Bishop brazen enough to ban the consumption of chocolate during church services. That proves that it’s a near perfect vehicle for delivering poison perhaps because it’s deliciously strong flavour conceals the tang of the toxin.
3.One amazing landmark in the history of chocolate was the invention of the ‘kitchen-king’ Microwave oven. Percy Spence, a scientist working on WWII radar and weapons projects, happened to be a big fan of chocolate. After spending some time near a formidable device called a magnetron, he noticed the chocolate bar he’d been keeping in his pocket melted. Just then the idea that the magnetrons might be the reason behind this striked his brain. Putting two and two together, he devised that food can be heated up at incredibly fast rates leading to the birth of microwave oven.
‘Chocolate flows in deep dark, sweet waves, a river to ignite my mind and alert my senses.’
Life without chocolate is a day without sunshine. Hence folks, express your appreciation for a kind effort, a good deed or a friendly favor with an unforgettable chocolate delight for life is like a chocolate box and each chocolate is like a portion of life- some are crunchy, some are nutty, some are soft, but all are delicious.
So keep calm and eat chocolates!