Giving and receiving chocolate has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate the day of love. Even without delving into the history of Valentine’s Day’s relationship with chocolates, it’s easy to see and understand why chocolate is the most popular way to express love on the most romantic day in the world.
While the majority of people say that no one is complaining about chocolates on heart’s day, still some people wonder why chocolate is one of the best presents to give on this occasion. In fact, 58 million pounds of chocolate are purchased in the Valentine’s Day week alone, according to thedailymeal.com. But why chocolate?
Let’s take a look at the science behind it all. In a study by cancer.org, there is evidence that chocolate consumption can help prevent heart disease. Also, Flavanols can help lower blood pressure and improve the function of the heart, veins, and arteries. But did you know that chocolates may also be connected with sexual excitement? (However, researchers warn that this is unlikely.)
Since the time of the Aztecs, chocolate has been considered an aphrodisiac food. Chocolate is said to contain a substance that arouses desire and makes the romantic partner more receptive. This led to the tradition of European royalty giving their lovers chocolates mixed with amber to stimulate their love in the past.
Although the link between chocolate and desire has yet to be proven scientifically, we do know that the health benefits of dark chocolate are real.
At the end of the day, chocolate’s history as it relates to love is firmly established in numerous iterations throughout history. With how the tradition has endured for millennia, it is clear that the role of chocolate during the celebration of love will continue for more years to come. – WhatALife!