There are different myths around chocolate, some of them are unfounded but other do have a scientific base.
Among the false statements there is the affirmation “Don’t eat chocolate, you’ll get acne”. There are different scientific proofs that deny this belief, because it hasn’t been demonstrated that chocolate causes or makes this typical teenager condition worse.
Nevertheless, some of its benefits do have been proven. The nutricional value is one of them, since it contains 6 times more calcium and phosphorus than veal meat. Another myth is that when peolpe end up a relationship, they begin to eat more chocolate; not a totally unfounded theory, because it has a scientific explanation. When people are in love, they are full with a substance called phenylethylamine, that provoques a light euphoria. Well then, chocolate also contains this substance.
Almost all of us know that the most common derivative from cocoa is chocolate, our specialty for 120 years. But a lot of us don’t know its history; cocoa was used in America by the pre-Columbian indians and arrived to Europe thanks to Cistercian and Franciscan monks, that brought it as a restorative beverage and even as medicine. But the discovery wasn’t theirs, since american populations had already offered it to Cristopher Colombus in 1502, but he rejected it because of the way they prepared it (a mixture of cocoa with shattered corn, pepper, other spices and natural aphrodisiacs).
After years of experimentation and combination with other Occidental products, the recipe that we know today was found. The origin of the word chocolate is unknown, maybe mayan or aztec, but in the first language “chokol” means hot, “a” means water and “i” is a sufix.