Our ancestors were enjoying cocoa over 5,000 years ago
Published Saturday 22 December 2018
By Maria Cohut
Fact checked by Jasmin Collier
According to recent evidence, our ancestors might have started domesticating cacao trees, the beans of which we ground into cocoa, as many as 1,500 years earlier than we had previously thought.
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One recent study overturns assumptions about when and where we first consumed cocoa.
It's safe to say that most of us enjoy chocolate in at least one of its many forms.This treat is made from cacao (or cocoa) beans, the seeds of Theobroma cacao, or the cacao tree.
Chocolate, however, isn't just a guilty pleasure. In fact, many studies indicate that in its purest form, it can actually benefit our health.