Cocoa and chocolate are the beverage of the Mayas and the Aztecs. By the 17th century they spread to Europe and became quite fashionable.
The main difference between cacao and chocolate is that chocolate still contains the cocoa butter and is therefore fattier.
Cocoa solids contain alkaloids that are linked to serotonin in the brain, causing happy psychological affects.❇️
Moderate use of cocoa and chocolate can lower the blood pressure.❇️
High level of flavanoids in dark chocolate and raw cocoa have beneficial cardiovascular effects.
A regular cup of cacoa dramatically reduces cardiovascular mortality.
A cup of cocoa, especially a warm one, is very rich in antioxidants (more than wine or tea) and therefore benefits and protects the heart.
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