Worried about the Value of Paper Money? What if Money was Made of Chocolate?Submitted by Sygnus Centauri on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 11:57
Did you know that Chocolate was used as currency in Mesoamerica for hundreds of years? In some areas, such as Yucatán, cacao beans (raw chocolate) were still used in place of small coins as late as the 1840s.
What would you rather have to trade locally when times got rough; paper or chocolate?
Cacao beans constituted both a ritual beverage and a major currency system in pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations. At one point the Aztec empire (14th - 16th century) received a yearly tribute of 980 loads of cacao, in addition to other goods. Each load represented exactly 8000 beans. The buying power of quality beans was such that 80-100 beans could buy a new cloth mantle.
Although many people around the world proclaim to love chocolate, most people have actually never enjoyed the authentic taste of real chocolate by eating the actual cacao nut in its unprocessed form. The majority of so-called "chocolate" products in the world today do not actually contain cacao - the original raw form of chocolate.
Somewhere along the road, you've probably heard the familiar phrase that chocolate is good for health. Well, that's true, but only if its the real thing. The cacao nut in its raw form does have some tremendous health benefits. The unprocessed (raw) Cacao bean contains magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorus, calcium, anandamide (aka. the bliss chemical), phenylethylamine, theobromine, arginine, polyphenols, epicatechins, serotonin (anti-anxiety), potassium, procyanidins, flavanols and the vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.
If paper money one day became completely worthless, cacao would be a great item to barter with in a local community. Its health benefits are tremendous and it gives you lots of energy your whole day. It also happens to taste really good!
What do you think?
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