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Cocoa composition

Useful and medicinal properties of cocoa

The history of cocoa

Long before Columbus first set foot on the shores of the New world, the cacao tree was worshipped by the Aztecs and

Mayans. They considered him a source of divine ambrosia had been granted by the God Quetzalcoatl. The consumption of beverages from cocoa was the privilege of the nobility and priests. Cocoa Indians had little in common with modern drink. The Aztecs loved the drink is salty, not sweet and knew different ways of preparing it for fun, for medicinal or ceremonial purposes.

The Aztecs believed a simple beverage made from cocoa is a powerful aphrodisiac and tonic

The Spanish conquerors did not initially tasted of cocoa, but when they learned to cook it it is not salty, and sweet, fully appreciated the amazing “Golden beans”. When Cortez returned to Spain, the bag filled with cocoa beans, Continue reading

All about chocolate!

When we hear the word “chocolate”, we think of fragrant sweet tiles and anticipate the pleasure. Besides fun, it also brings benefits. Chocolate is rich in magnesium, iron and phenylanine, which causes the influx of feelings and activates the brain. And chocolate masks make the skin elastic and taut.

Victorious procession of sweet conqueror

Historians do not undertake to give an exact time of appearance of chocolate. Some say it was created 3000 years ago, others have called even earlier date. But about the most likely place of occurrence of the chocolate no differences. Most likely, the chocolate drink was first prepared on the Gulf of Mexico, where the Olmecs lived.

Linguists argue that for a thousand years before our era, in the language of the Olmec existed the word “kakava”, which was the predecessor of our modern “cocoa”. However, the Olmecs were not the only ones who cooked chocolate drink: at some point it began to do and Maya. From them, Continue reading

Ginger for colds

This time let’s talk about this wonderful plant of the ginger with a number of useful properties. Medicinal properties of ginger has long proven effective in the treatment of such undesirable phenomena as inflammation, low immunity, nausea, low potency and much more. But the special attention I want to draw on the excellent ginger cures for colds and its various manifestations – runny nose, cough, weakness, etc. So during epidemics and in the

cold season ginger tea for colds – this is the very first cure.

Ginger as a remedy for colds was known 2000 years ago in India. This miracle root is used to lower fever, relieve headaches and discomfort in the stomach. Contains vitamins a, B1, B3, B6, C, has antioxidant properties. Rich in such minerals as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, sodium, zinc, potassium, essential fats, proteins and carbohydrates and fiber (to 6%).

Ginger is very useful in the sense that it helps treat colds, and also has a preventive effect on the body and increases the body’s resistance Continue reading

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