Fun Food Facts For Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is tomorrow so it's time to get your cards, roses, chocolate, and fill of fun food facts related to the holiday.
More than 36 million boxes of heart-shaped chocolate will be sold this Valentines’ Day.
Aside from love, chocolate may be the biggest mascot of the holiday. One of those heart shaped boxes can weigh up to 3 pounds and 1 pound of chocolate is equivalent to about 1500 calories. So if you’re lucky enough (or unlucky, however you look at it!) to receive a box this year, have one serving, and then freeze the rest, or bring to work to share with your colleagues, so that you don’t consume a day’s worth of calories in chocolate.
The Mayans (between 300-900 AD) were the first to make the link between chocolate and mood.
But is chocolate really an aphrodisiac? The supposed aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate come from two components it contains – trypthophan, which is a building block of feel-good chemical serotonin and phenylethylamine, a stimulant released in the brain when people fall in love. They probably don’t exist in such great quantities to truly have aphrodisiac effects. But in case you want to give it a go, you’re always better off choosing dark chocolate (just like red wine) which contains phenolics, known to lower the risk of heart disease. Remember, that not all dark chocolate is created equal. Choose 70% or more cocoa varieties that are unprocessed, for maximum antioxidant benefit.
About 8 billion conversation hearts will be produced this year.
That’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again. At least 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions include "Tweet Me", "You Rock" and "Spice It Up." (My vote for this year is “Call Me Maybe”) Each conversation heart will cost you about 4 calories and will take about 4 minutes of kissing to burn off, about 1 calorie/minute.
Starting your Valentine’s Day meal off with oysters may truly help set the mood.
This seafood is considered an aphrodisiac due to its high zinc content, which is linked to testosterone production and male fertility. In fact, men who are more sexually active, require more zinc. Even though they produce less of it, testosterone helps women get in the mood, too. Also a low calorie, high protein food, oysters can help satisfy you so that you don’t go overboard on a decadent entrée. Other seafood like shrimp and scallops are rich in zinc as well as meat, oats, nuts, and seeds can give you a solid dose.
I'd love to know! What foods impact your mood? Are you doing anything to celebrate this Valentine's Day?