Chocolate and hearts
Category Updates | Posted on February 1, 2015
Chocolate and hearts — these are the symbol of Valentine’s Day for many lovers around the world. Not only that, February is national chocolate and heart month. But why do we have a “sweets to the sweet” tradition every February 14? While the roots of Valentine’s Day go all the way back to Roman times, candy gift giving is a much more recent development. Is it because of chocolate’s reputed aphrodisiac qualities, or just a way for candy companies to sell more sweets in the lull between Christmas and Easter? Whatever the reason Chocolate is good for the heart - literally.
Our love affair with chocolate – especially on Valentine’s Day – can be traced back more than 2,000 years to the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, who mixed cocoa beans with water to create the first hot chocolate drink in Latin America. The word chocolate is derived from the Yucatec Maya wordchokol meaning “hot” and the Aztec word atl meaning “water.” The Mayans and Aztecs believed this hot, chocolate drink had aphrodisiac powers, hence the connection between chocolate and love. This combined with the fact that Cocoa flavanols, which support cellular and metabolic activities throughout the body, are believed to improve vascular activities and lower blood pressure for coronary artery disease patients, according to a UC San Francisco researcher who has studied the impact of flavanols for several years.
Our devotion to chocolate this February turned what used to be seen as a guilty indulgence into a must-have staple. Be good to your heart this February and make sure to try all of our deliciously rich and heart healthy chocolate frozen yogurt.
Have a Wicked Valentine's Day!!