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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…