The story of chocolate, as far back as we know it, begins with the discovery of America. Until 1492, the Old World knew nothing at all about the delicious and stimulating flavor that was to become the favorite of millions.

The Court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella got its first look at the principal ingredient of chocolate when Columbus returned in triumph from America and laid before the Spanish throne a treasure trove of many strange and wonderful things. Click here

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Open A Beer And Enjoy

Have you ever thought how many of our senses cooperate when we decide to consume a cooling bottle of beer? Well, just consider that we touch the cold bottle from the fridge or over the bar counter, we listen to the carbon dioxide that is released while the beer's foam develops, we see the amber color of the beer poured into our glass, we smell the aromatic substances that come from the snatch block and of course we taste the distinct bitter beer taste that is associated with the contained acids and wooden taste of tannins. Enjoying a beer over a hot summer day watching our favorite sports game and cooking barbeque is one of the traditions Americans have become famous worldwide for. Blond or dark, beer is drunk cool or hot, depending on the liking, the traditions and a country's culture. Beer fanatics know well that the secret in drinking and enjoying the genuine beer taste at its best is to consume it fresh; that way the beer's aromatic substances are not yet destroyed and its carbon dioxide has not yet escaped. Out of all the alcohol drinks, beer contains the smallest percentage of alcohol and like all alcoholic beverages, when consumed in logical portions, can increase the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood.

For over thirty years, scientists have researched the effects associated with balanced beer consumption for the human cardiovascular system. The research outcomes have shown that a logical alcohol consumption (one bottle of beer or one small glass of wine) during a meal can obstruct the development of plaque inside the human arteries. Since beer contains six times more potassium than sodium it can be consumed better when combined with salty foods, so as to balance the potassium ions existing in the human body. Moreover, a tip so as to protect your body against ethanol, which is the alcohol existing in any alcoholic beverage, you should eat an oily type of food and thus decrease the chances of getting drunk with a few zips out of your beer glass.

This oily coat that covers the inside of your stomach helps your body delay the absorption the alcohol you consume. Finally, do not disregard the beer's yeast. Containing important nutritional substances, like a great variety of type B vitamins, the yeast of the beer provides the human organism with many necessary ingredients helping the body maintain the desired balance of the sugar levels existing in the blood.

Additionally, since the glucose that the human body does not need immediately is stored in the special body storage rooms, known as fat cells, chromium, the trace element found in the yeast of beer, can reduce the production of additional fat cells and help you maintain your figure. Now that you know why you should drink beer without feeling guilty, enjoy it with good friends and always remember to drink responsibly!.

Kadence Buchanan writes articles on many topics including Food, Shopping, and Health


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