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Humans and chocolate: a 5,000-year love story

WASHINGTON: Humans have hankered after chocolate for centuries longer than previously thought, scientists said Monday, tracing the earliest known consumption of its key ingredient to more than 5,000 years ago in South America. Archaeologists have long believed that ancient civilisations in Central America started drinking concoctions of cacao -- the bean-like seeds from which cocoa and chocolate are made -- from around 3,900 years ago. But in a study that shifts the origins of chocolate centuries backwards, a team of…

Here’s 5 reasons why eating chocolate is actually healthy for you!

It’s clear that humans like chocolate. But what if we were wrong about it being bad for us? What if chocolate could actually be good for you? There’s nothing that quite compares to the velvety, melt-in-your-mouth surreal experience that chocolate provides. An average human being eats almost 10 pounds of chocolate each year. And with the use of chocolate dating back as far as 1900 BC, it certainly seems like chocolate won’t be going out of fashion anytime soon. Find out what the experts have to say and discover the hidden…

World’s priciest chocolate goes on display in Portugal

LISBON: The world’s most expensive chocolate went on display at a chocolate fair in Obidos in Portugal on Friday. Priced at 7,728 euros ($9,489) and covered in edible gold, it was the part of a limited edition of 1,000 bonbons. It has a filling of saffron threads, white truffle, vanilla from Madagascar and gold flakes. It was guarded by two uniformed men. Its creator, Portuguese chocolatier Daniel Gomes, said the diamond-shaped was certified as the world’s most expensive by the Guinness Book of Records, which in…

Chocolate tied to decreased risk of irregular heart rhythm

NEW YORK: Eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease the risk of a common and serious type of irregular heart rhythm, according to a new study of people in Denmark. People who ate chocolate one to three times per month were about 10 percent less likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation than those who ate the sweet treat less than once a month, researchers found. "As part of a healthy diet, moderate intake of chocolate is a healthy snack choice," said lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky, of the…

Chocolate sours ties between Croatia, Serbia

ZAGREB: Serbian chocolate bars offered to small children by Croatia's president have left a bad taste in the mouth between the two former foes, as relations sour to levels not seen since the 1990s war. "Chocolategate" started with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic visiting a kindergarten in the Adriatic city of Dubrovnik and handing out the treats to the delighted kids. However, while it was a sweet gesture, there was one major problem: some of the chocolate came from Serbia. And the president could not…

Five foods you need to elate your mood

Consuming a healthy food has been scientifically proven to radiate positive vibes into your body, however maintaining a good mood throughout the day under stress is a difficult job. These five simple foods will relinquish all your worries, plus it will help aid weight loss. The list includes chocolate, eggs and walnuts. These yummy foods will leave you more enthusiastic in your daily struggles. Chocolate Chocolate is something which is loved by all ubiquitously. It contains many antioxidants, including magnesium,…