The first people to make chocolate were the ancient tribes of Mexico and Central America, including the Incas, Aztec and Mayans. They mixed ground cacao seeds with various seasonings to make a spicy, frothy drink which they called chocolatl.
It is from these ancient roots that a global, modern day industry has evolved. No more evidenced than at this time of the year when shopping centre aisles are lined with all manner of chocolate treats.
Like all foods which appeal to our proverbial ‘sweet tooth’, the consumption of chocolate is plagued with all manner of dietary no nos. Recent research has however revealed a number of health benefits to counter this view – mood lifter, memory improver, complexion enhancer, brain booster, cough soother, stroke prevention, cancer fighter and longevity provider…
And, you thought chocolate was bad for you? Not in moderation and if you consume the darker, less sugary varieties. So no excuse needed to enjoy those Easter goodies (semi-)guilt free.