Tuesday, August 08, 2006
The Beauty of Chocolate: The Divine Drink

As a doctor, I'm always on the lookout for medicines and procedures to make people better. Yet it is often the simplest gestures that help the most. As a Scotswoman, I have to extol the healing benefits of a good cup of tea (served either in a big mug or a dainty china tea cup depending on the crisis!). A close second though, is the healing and comfort provided by good chocolate.

The best thing is that they really do keep finding out that chocolate is actually good for us! Apparently, it can protect our blood vessels, control diabetes, lower high blood pressure and reduce heart disease. People who eat a moderate amount of chocolate have even been shown to live longer! It contains plenty of trace elements, like calcium and iron (a good excuse to eat chocolate if you are anaemic!), and vitamins. For women, apparently we crave the magnesium in chocolate to increase progesterone levels to alleviate premenstrual syndrome! In the 1700s, French doctors would actually prescribe chocolate as a cure for the broken heart! The science tells us that it's all to do with a chemical, phenylethylamine, the same chemical that shoots round our brain when we fall in love.

Of course, that's not all. After all, broccoli is good for us and really very tasty, but you could hardly say that is really met the same need! Imagine the feeling of smooth chocolate melting in your mouth, the clean snap when breaking a big bar of chocolate, the rush of warmth as the endorphins hit your brain...

Now many of us will manage to read the rest of this week's Carnival of Beauty without craving some chocolate, so I share with you my favourite chocolate recipe. It's dark chocolate with a high cocoa content that seems to be the good stuff, so I hope you like it! It's probably a bit hot for this at the moment, but the more I think about this, I get more in the mood for it!

Chop a red chilli into a pint of milk and gently heat. Then stir in a 100g bar of good dark chocolate broken up into little pieces and some cream until it is all dissolved and thick. Serve with whipped cream and a tiny sprinkle of chilli powder for decoration.

The divine drink, which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food.
Montezuma, Aztec Emperor (1480-1520)

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At 07 August, 2006 22:43, Blogger Mrs. U said...

Your recipe sounds delicious!! I think I will be making this soon!! I have no broken heart, though, so I guess I'll just say I'm drinking it for the calcium, iron and vitamins. :)

Thanks for sharing!!

Mrs. U

At 08 August, 2006 02:07, Blogger Looney Mom said...

Wow! You caught my attention with 2 things: The title of your blog and CHOCOLATE! I was just blog hopping and so glad I landed here. I think I'll be trying this soon. Nice to meet you.

At 08 August, 2006 14:47, Blogger oh evil one said...

good for you and comforting too. who knew?

At 08 August, 2006 16:31, Blogger the "other" Sarah said...

Mmmm...that sounds gooooood. My hubby likes to make hot chocolate by melting a bar of good chocolate into a cup of half & half. Talk about rich. Your take on that with the chili sounds like something I'll have to try.

At 09 August, 2006 12:53, Blogger Deb said...

This is my first time here..came over from the Carnival post. I've enjoyed perusing your blog and enjoyed reading your chocolate post.

At 09 August, 2006 13:47, Blogger Susanna said...

Oh boy, your chocolate eating description has me drooling!I am indulging in another outrageous food intake tonight as Imake a banoffee pie for guests. Chocolate though, you just can't beat it. When I was preganant it wasa fab excuse for drinking lots of hot chocolate with cream. *Sigh*
Where in the UK are you?:)

At 09 August, 2006 17:44, Blogger Linda said...

Hooray for Chocolate. It is the one "food" I don't think I can exist for very long without. A friend told me about a refrigerator magnet she saw once that expresses it very well: "I'd give up chocolate, but I'm no quitter."

At 09 August, 2006 18:02, Anonymous Blair said...

I've read about many of the health benefits - the key is definitely moderation lol. I would never have thought of putting chilis in chocolate, I may have to try that.

I wonder, does chocolate in the US taste different than chocolate in the UK? One book I read says that our chocolate here is rubish lol.

At 09 August, 2006 22:46, Blogger Keziah said...

Glad to hear that you all like the recipe! I'm afraid chocolate here does taste better - not sure what the difference in recipe is though. Thanks for coming by!

At 10 August, 2006 01:09, Blogger Chel said...

Yum, real reasons why chocolate is good for us!

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