Hot chocolate (also known as hot cocoa or drinking chocolate) is heated beverage that is usually composed of shaved chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water and sugar. Although generally regarded as the drink which is consumed for pleasure, recent studies show that it has health benefits because of the antioxidants that are found in cocoa. By the 19th century, it has even been used as a drug for treating diseases such as gastric ulcer.
While generally consumed for pleasure, the beverage has several potential health benefits associated with it. Studies have shown that the shape of the chocolate beverage contains a large amount of antioxidants that can be beneficial to health. From the 16th to the 19th century, it is valuable as a medicine and as a drink. Researcher Francisco Hernandez wrote that chocolate drinks helped to treat fever and liver disease. Another researcher, Santiago de Valverde Turices, believes that eating large amounts of hot chocolate is useful in the treatment of breast disease, but in smaller amounts can help indigestion.
When the chocolate is presented by the French in the 17th century, it was reportedly used “to deal with anger and bad moods” that can be attributed to the content of the chocolate’s phenylethylamine. Today, hot chocolate is consumed for pleasure which is not a drug, but new research suggests that there may be other health benefits attributed to the drink.
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