Chocolate has a long history which dates back to the Mayans, ancient people from Central America. Mayans were first to use fruits of cacao tree, which grows in tropical rain forest of Amazon, to make a tasty beverage called “chocolatl”. By discovering America Spaniards invented their own type of chocolate.
They left out chili peppers and added cinnamon and sugar. It quickly became the main drink in Spanish court. Chocolate was very rich in phosphorous and magnesium, and it also contains large amounts of iron, zinc and potassium. If you love chocolate, this attachment is made for you. You can find out 10 interesting facts about this extremely popular sweet.
10FACT No 10
The Aztecs used cocoa beans as currency. A rabbit was worth 10 beans and a slave 100 beans.
09FACT No 9
It´s a much that chocolate gives you spots. There is no scientific basis linking chocolate consumption and acne.
08FACT No 8
One chocolate chip can provide enough energy for an adult to walk 150 feet (46m). To walk around the world you have to eat 870.000.
07FACT No 7
Ivory Coast is the world´s biggest producer of cocoa. It provides 1.51m cocoa beans annually a third of the world´s supply.
06FACT No 6
The world´s biggest chocolate bar weighed 12.846lb (5.827 kg) the same as a large elephant. It was made in Derbyshire (UK) in 2011.
05FACT No 5
Switzerland consumes more chocolate than any other country. On average each Swiss person consumes 29lb (13kg) of chocolate every year.
04FACT No 4
The world´s best-selling chocolate bar is Snickers with annual sales of 2 billion dollars. 15 million Snickers bars are made daily, using 99 tons of peanuts.
03FACT No 3
According to the US FDA, chocolate bars can contain one rat hair per 100g. 60 insect fragments are also allowed.
02FACT No 2
A Harvard study showed that people who ate chocolate three times a month lived almost a year those who didn’t.
01FACT No 1
Chocolate contains theobromine which can cause heart failure and seizures. A lethal dose of chocolate for a human is around 22lb (10kg).