In celebration of world Chocolate day (7th July), we’re enlightening you with some fun facts about the world’s most preferred snack
- Research to date supports that chocolate can be enjoyed as part of a balanced, heart-healthy diet and lifestyle. Forget about it not being good for you. As long as it’s consumed in moderation, it can do wonders for your health.
- Most of the world’s cocoa, which is about 70%, comes from West Africa. Cocoa is raised by hand, on small, family-owned farms.
- Cote d’Ivoire is the single largest producer of cocoa, providing roughly 40% of the world’s supply.
- It takes two to four days to make a single-serving chocolate bar.
- White chocolate isn’t chocolate in the strict sense. This is because it doesn’t contain cocoa solids.
- It is the only edible substance to melt around 93° F, just below the human body temperature. That’s why chocolate melts so easily on your tongue.
- Chocolate was used as money. In Mayan times, the cocoa bean was used as currency as it was considered to be worth more than gold dust. Cultivation of the beans was restricted so the value of cocoa beans as money would not go down.
- You can die if you eat too much chocolate! Chocolate contains high levels of a powerful stimulant called ‘theobromine‘. Theobromine poisoning can cause heart failure, seizures, acute kidney damage and dehydration. (To ingest enough theobromine for it to be fatal, you have to eat about 11kgs or 40 bars of Dairy Milk in one sitting though)
- On average, a chocolate bar contains around eight insect parts, but it is still deemed to be safe for consumption.
Pure cocoa can actually help prevent tooth decay. Certain naturally occurring chemicals in cocoa beans fight harmful bacteria in the mouth. Chocolate’s ability to deal with the microscopic bacteria living on the surface of your teeth is so effective that it might be added to toothpastes and mouthwashes one day—minus the sugar, of course.