Chocolate is one of my favorite ever since I was a kid. It is always there during holidays, birthdays, classical celebration or even jus a simple-normal day. We all know that you might love it too. Well, it has a great part to present this upcoming Valentine's Day.
Let's find out the science behind chocolate. If you are human and you have a tounge. You have no doubt eaten, enjoyed and possibly become obsessed with chocolate as some people can't get enough. But others claimed it has aphrodisiac properties. Yet, this delicious confection can kill your dog without mercy. So, before you unwrap that truffle. Why not get the facts about humanity's favorite sweet—the chocolate.
Common Misconception About Chocolates
First, let's get our terms straight. What's the difference between chocolate, cocoa and the ingredient you see on a lot of choco wrappers these days cacao? They are all products in the same plant native to Central and South America with scientific name theobroma cacao. Since at least the ancient time of the old culture in Mexico, 3,000 years ago and also to the rest the world. Since then the fruit of that plant is and has always been known as cacao.
But it seems that English speakers long ago swapped around some of the vowels. They started started calling it cocoa—because that's just how we do. For over very long time both words referred to the same specific thing. The powder made from the dried fermented fruit of the cacao tree.
- These these days, though, foodies will tell you that the terms can describe cacao extract that's processed in slightly different ways stuff labeled as cacao generally has had the fat but removed by pressing it cold.
- Whereas cocoa is usually heated to get the fat out.
- Chocolate meanwhile is just food made from this cacao or cocoa. But, with a whole bunch sugar and milk fat added into it.
Bromine in Chocolate Arouse Sexual Desire
Cacao has its own kind of natural stimulant. While some studies have suggested that cacao contains chemicals that can imitate our feel-good neurotransmitters. Its main active ingredient is Bromine. This chemical bromine creates more alertness or sharpness of mind. This also functions as vasodilator a chemical that causes blood vessels to relax and blood to move more freely. This cannot only help around the brain and ease the heart. It also can have a distinctly viagara like effect on some men. Which may be the origin of Jacobson's reputation as an aphrodisiac.
Negative Effects of Bromine
But as with all stimulants the bromine has its downsides. Even though it's not nearly as strong as caffeine. Large amount can cause effect similar to those in the caffeine overdose like;
Back to the early age, Mesoamerican make a kind of ceremonial brew to induce vomiting. Many Mississippian cultures in the American South used the cacao cousin Holly called ''Ilex Vomitoria'' to mix up a similar drink for ritual barfing.
Chocolates is No Good for Cats and Dogs
Speaking of barfing, it is true the chocolate is highly toxic to dogs. Not because it's poisonous to himself but because it takes dogs much longer to metabolize dealing with bromine. It can linger and accumulate in a dog system for a day or even more causing an overdose with;
- possible organ failure
Bromine is actually worse for cats. But they rarely get poisoned because they can't taste the sweetness.
While there is some anecdotal evidence of people becoming addicted to chocolate. It's hard to isolate the true source of the craving. Whether it's that the bromine, fat, sugar and other stuff that have been found to fuel a food addiction with chocolate.
So, are you addicted with chocolates too? Then tell us on the comment below.