Nahuatl word "xocolatl" means literally "bitter water". When raw cocoabeans are ground and whisked using a chicoli (a frothing stick) with chilli, flour and other ingredients, it makes a spicy, dark drink. I personally love the stuff! Chocolate was such a valuable commodity that many ancient Mexican cultures used the beans as a currency.
Here's some good news for my fellow chocoholics: cocoa or dark chocolate improves the overall health of the circulatory system, it stimulates the brain, reduces blood pressure, helps prevent coughs and diarrhea, reduces the risk of heart disease and may even be an anti-cancer agent. Xylitol naturally occurs in dark, unsweetened chocolate - so it's even good for your teeth!
Better news, the boost in endorphins from your beloved treat will act as a natural pain relief, so next time you get a boo-boo, scorn the kisses and grab some treats. Just remember, it is still high calorie and it's the dark unsweetened stuff that does the real magic.
Word of the Day: "Köszönöm" - Utrich the Hungarian, translation of "Thank you". The original "Nom".