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Chocolate. 1) Who first created or discovered chocolate? 2) How does chocolate affect the different parts of the body, such as the brain? 3) What do nutritionists and health experts say about chocolate?

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´╗┐Chocolate Jenna Hulme Ms. Addabbo RISE, period 2 November 28, 2010 Chocolate Chocolate. Just that word makes most peoples? mouth water. It is a delectable substance that can be made into flakes that melt on your tongue, or into a delicious candy bar with nuts and marshmallow, or even just a plain old bar of straight chocolate. All contribute to the mild addiction some people feel towards chocolate. I am researching this topic because I too love chocolate and I am wondering why people like it so much. I went to Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco with my family a couple years ago. In the store, there was a place where they showed how chocolate is made. I don?t remember exactly how they do it, but I still know a few things about this substance. It has milk and powder from the cacao bean, and it is churned into a froth and then cooled down. A few things I would like to learn about chocolate, however, are: 1) Who first created or discovered chocolate? 2) How does chocolate affect the different parts of the body, such as the brain? 3) What do nutritionists and health experts say about chocolate? ...read more.

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Cocoa, another ingredient in chocolate, contains a few minerals ? such as magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium ? needed for a well functioning body. A good, high quality dark chocolate bar can provide from 25 ? 50 mg of magnesium. Also, premenstrual women often crave chocolate. This could be an attempt of the body to increase the amounts of magnesium that is in it. Magnesium also increases the speed of metabolism, so eating chocolate could help the body convert food into energy faster and more effectively. One more ingredient in chocolate is flavanol, or flavanoids. It has a high concentration of this chemical, which has been demonstrated to defend against oxidation and blood clotting and also reduce the risk of heart disease and hypertension. Black tea, green tea, and red wine also contain flavanol. However, cocoa has a higher amount and concentration and is therefore more helpful to the body. My third question is ?What do nutritionists and health experts say about chocolate?? Nutritionists and researchers have found and agreed with almost all of the information in the above paragraph. They have demonstrated over and over again scientifically that chocolate is good for your body. ...read more.

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Because it is so healthy for me, I won?t worry about the potential health concerns because there are none. Also, since dark chocolate is so much healthier than milk or white chocolate, I will try to like the flavor more, although that might be hard because I haven?t liked the taste of dark chocolate very much for as long as I can remember. I found it interesting that the cacao bean contains so many important minerals and chemicals that help our bodies to function more reliably. And indirectly, I want to look for more foods that contain those specific nutrients so that I can increase the performance of my bodily functions even more. I also was surprised to see how old chocolate is. I had no idea that it was discovered over 3000 years ago! I knew of the affiliation the Aztecs and Mayas had with the substance, but I hadn?t ever thought that it could have been that much older than the ancient Americans. I was not surprised, however, that women like chocolate a lot more than men do. Personally, I haven?t found a single man who likes chocolate more than almost all of the women I know. So, this report was actually a really interesting experience that helped me to learn a lot of new things that I am glad I now know. ...read more.

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