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Interesting Facts About Chocolate In 11 Diagrams

Interesting Facts About Chocolate In 11 Diagrams

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    G.B. Shaw famously said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”

    When that food is chocolate, it’s an obsessive passion for many of us. It’s not called the “food of the Gods” without reason. Nothing satiates a sweet tooth like decadent, indulgent, and rich chocolate. No wonder it’s a popular gift to express your love.

    Chocolate brings out the child in most of us. It reminds us of our childhood and happy memories. It brings delight and happiness and comfort on days you need some TLC. It’s the most popular confection of all times, yet how much do you know about this beautiful confection that you crave and devour with such deep love?

    Let’s get to know this significant part of our lives a little better shall we?

    Where does chocolate come from?

    We all know the Mayans gave us chocolate, but do you know how chocolate became such a beloved confection? The discovery of the Theobroma Cacao tree by the Europeans introduced the world to the magic of chocolate.

    Do you know which European country was the first to experience the delights of cocoa? Do you know who made the first chocolate bar? Before coffee shops, chocolate houses were a popular place to hangout and meet friends. Do you know which city was the first to have a chocolate house? Find out here

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      When was the first chocolate factory opened? Mars, Hersheys, and Nestle own the majority of chocolate brands in USA. Do you know which bars (other than the namesakes of course) belong to which parent company? Do you know how the Snickers bar gets its name? Did you know that the Milky Way bar in the US is different from its European counterpart?

      This infographic has the answers.

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        The myths and facts about chocolate

        Chocolate often gets bad press. We are told to reduce consumption, not just for us, but also for the kids. So, is chocolate really bad for your health?

        This infographic reveals the fact-busting myths.

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          We know mass-produced chocolate is heavily processed and full of unhealthy fats and sugar that make it a dreaded confection, but how do we know the difference in taste and quality between fine (often handmade) chocolates versus the mass-produced ones?

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          Find out more about fine chocolates.

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            It is difficult to patiently unwrap a chocolate bar and eat it one piece at a time instead of scoffing the entire bar. However, to fully appreciate and enjoy chocolate, you need to be present and mindful while enjoying the candy-bar. Try chocolate mindfulness meditation to not only experience the complex flavors in a bar but also to unwind, calm down, and relax. You will savor the taste and eat much less.

            Which is better for you? White, milk, or dark?

            This infographic demystifies this question.

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              Now that you know dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids is better for you, try and make some simple treats at home. Often, working with chocolate requires you to learn tempering, which is a way to rearrange the cocoa solids and make the chocolate more shiny and easy to work.

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                Chocolate recipes to fulfill your soul

                As the weather turns colder, I look forward to a warm mug of hot chocolate! Heaven.

                Check out different ways to add flavor to your hot chocolate with this infographic.

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                  Consider wine pairings when you’re serving up a chocolate dessert at your next soiree. Or you could delight your dinner guests with a delicious cheese and chocolate course instead. Make sure you choose the right wine to pair with it.

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                    Is all this chocolate talk making you hungry? If you cant wait any longer, try our quick fix to brighten your day.

                    These 3 ingredient recipes keep it fairly simple, plus they’re quick to knock up.

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                      Best places in the world to enjoy chocolate

                      If you’re like me, you enjoy indulging in chocolate when you are on holiday.

                      This is the ultimate guide to chocolate bliss. From master chocolatiers to gourmet dining, this infographic highlights some of the best chocolate experiences to be had.

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                        Eat chocolate responsibly

                        Buy fair-trade chocolate to give the farmers who cultivate cocoa their due. They work tirelessly to bring you cocoa. We need to ensure they get the right prices for it, so that chocolate production is sustainable for the future.

                        This infographic shows us the real cost of a chocolate bar.

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                          Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                          Listen carefully:

                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                          1. Pray Daily

                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                          3. Smile Often

                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                          8. Go Exercise

                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                          The Bottom Line

                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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