There’s absolutely no one who’d deny not being in love with the goodness that is Chocolate. From chocolate candy bars to brownies, chocolate cakes, chocolate drinks, even chocolate ice cream? Yum! We almost can’t get enough. It must also be against the law for you not to love chocolate. Why wouldn’t you? Plus, the taste and variety make it even much more endearing. I’m salivating already.
Chocolate Day 2021: Date, Importance, Why to celebrate?
And then getting to know that there’s a day (scratch that, must be days even) dedicated to the celebration of this goody, you couldn’t have imagined my satisfaction and excitement. I mean, it is totally deserving and thoughtful too. If you did hear me say I had a great day with the love of my life, there’s a 70 percent possibility it’s chocolate. How does one thing taste so good, leave you breathless and wanting more? With chocolates, no other thought comes close.
Chocolate Day Celebrate in 2019: Saturday, 9 Feb 2019
Chocolate Day Celebrate in 2020: Sunday, February 9th, 2020
Chocolate Day Celebrate in 2021: Tuesday, 9 Feb 2021
World chocolate day is generally celebrated all over the world on the 7th day of July every year. It is thought to have originated after the first introduction of chocolates to Europe on the 7th of July, 1550. While the 7th of July seems to be the date adopted as one for the worldwide celebration of chocolate, there is a little bit of controversy. The United States celebrates International chocolate day annually on the 13th of September and then National chocolate day on the 28th of October and December.
Fun fact! Theobroma cacao, the cocoa tree from which our all, so favorite chocolate is produced, was once loved and worshipped by Mayans and Aztecs of Central and South America many centuries ago. From being an item that belonged to the gods to being a currency and then a crop of global importance, cocoa has gained so much popularity. Chocolate is said to have originated in America, but today Cote d’Ivoire produces about 30% of the world’s total supply of cocoa.
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Benefits of Chocolate
Chocolates are one of those edibles you get to play around with and imprint your creativity into its production process. Asides it’s great taste and the variety it offers, chocolates have a range of health benefits. Scientists even say that chocolate consumption is probably more beneficial than eating vegetables.
Daily consumption of dark chocolates reduces the risk of heart disease by 30 percent. Absolutely bonkers! I mean, your sweet tooth is really a lifesaver after all. Plus, chocolates have an antibacterial effect when consumed that helps protect your teeth from decay.
Also, chocolates contain antioxidants that help reduce low-density lipoprotein levels (LPL), also known as bad cholesterol, and supports cardiovascular health by improving blood flow, thereby lowering your blood pressure. Dark chocolates, when consumed in moderation, have also been proven to improve insulin sensitivity, thus delaying or reducing the risk of diabetes.
What more? Chocolates help in protecting your skin from the sun and improves cognitive function by reducing memory loss in older people, amongst others. While studies reveal that a lethal dosage is the consumption of 20 pounds of chocolate, it is safe to remember that high consumption triggers weight gain and diabetes due to its fat and sugar content. Much more, the darker the chocolate, the better.
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So, come 7th of July (and those other days), let’s show love, relax, have fun and of course feel guiltless with chocolates. Cheers to feeling good. Happy Chocolate day!