Living in a stress-filled world can really rob you of the simple joys of life. Instead of looking on the brighter side of all aspects, all that would register in your periphery are misery and melancholy. You may have tried all possible stress relief methods from costly therapies to addicting medications and nothing seems to be effective? Don’t despair, there is always the sweet alternative chocolate.
The delectable sensation of chocolate and its delicious sweetness has been a part of the human diet. Outdoor camping wouldn’t be considered as satisfying without a sip on a handy mug filled with hot chocolate. Isn’t a box of chocolate enough to appease a person? Everybody is sure to enjoy it even once in a while. What better way to celebrate an important occasion but with chocolates in different forms desserts, cakes, and confectioneries. Regardless of color, race, or belief, chocolate has long been a part of our lives.
Chocolate, which is produced from tropical cacao seed has originated from South American countries. Mayan and Aztecs people use the harvested cacao seeds to make a beverage known as xocalati, or bitter water – the earliest primordial documented use of chocolate which dated 1100 BC. Cacao seeds must first be roasted, grounded, and fermented to produce cocoa powder removing the intense acrid taste.
Aside from its early ingredients, most chocolate being consumed these days is being added with fats like cocoa butter, sugar, and cocoa solids.
Chocolates also have significant physiological effects on the human body which promote relaxation and serenity acting as stress relief. Dark chocolates can cause a significant reduction in blood pressure which is considered to be a lethal body ailment.
Studies also prove that chocolate has organic compounds that excites the body and senses. Chocolates are said to trigger the release of serotonin, which helps combat sexual impotence – a concurrent issue to male sexuality. Chocolates are said to have aphrodisiac qualities that increase sexual libido and urge that lowers down the possibility of sexual impotence. Chocolates are also said to have Phenylethylamine, which, like serotonin, mood-enhancing agents which, after it is released through the nervous system, would induce pleasure feeling to the body. A study also cited eating chocolate increases vigor and passion, which was seen to a number of people who kissed longer after eating chocolate.
However, recent medical studies have revealed that some of these bodily activities, like the secretion of serotonin, are not necessarily an aftermath of eating chocolates or other aphrodisiacs. And medical experts pointed out that the direct effects of chocolate to sexual impotence needs to be further established.
Aphrodisiac or not, everybody could attest to the invigorating effect of eating chocolate. Its mouth-watering effect and enticing feeling induce in the body is irrefutable. As of its stress relief capability, people can see the effect it can do to the emotions bringing an incomparable state of tranquility.
Various relief and therapies come in a variety of forms and some of them need not be a burden. Lest be misconstrued, nothing can surpass what modern medicine can do. However, there are always alternatives we can dip our hands into. Not just any alternative, but such a sweet one.