Why eating chocolate is a good thing!

By  |  0 Comments

It’s been given a bad reputation, women fear it but desire it to no bounds, kids go wide-eyed and drool at the prospect of it but the fear of cavities stop them and men everywhere enjoy a nice crunch now and them. It’s the god of all food- chocolate!

Don’t feel guilty when you pop in a piece! Chocolate stimulate the release of endorphins which provide a pleasurable sensation. This causes the production of an anti-body called secretory immunoglobin A which strengthens the immune system. It also contains essential trace elements containing iron, calcium, Vitamin A, B1, C, D and E.

Chocolate is also used in spas and beauty salons for a variety of used like massages, facials and even waxing! It is rejuvenating for the skin as it is made from cocoa which is rich in anti-oxidants and cocoa butter soothes and hydrates the skin. Here are some ways chocolate helps you.

chocolate

1.Chocolate can lower cholesterol

The study authors wrote “results indicate that regular consumption of chocolate bars containing PS and CF as part of a low-fat diet may support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure.”

2.Chocolate may prevent memory decline

Scientists at Harvard Medical School suggest that drinking two cups of hot chocolate will keep the brain working well and healthy and prevent memory decline in older people.

 

3.Chocolate puts you in a better mood

Cocoa contains phenylethyamine, theobromine, theophylline, tele-methylhistamine, and Serotonin which are termed mood enhancers. Theobromine is a mild antidepressant. This is why most people feel better instantly after eating chocolate and this is better than coffee since it avoids caffeine jitters.

Many women with PMS crave chocolate before their periods, and they often state that eating chocolate improves their mood, makes them feel better. This could  be due to the serotonin that is released when chocolate is consumed.

 4. Chocolate can control cough

One of chocolate’s chemical components, theobromine, seems to reduce the activity of theyvagusnerve, the part of the brain that causes coughing fits. Scientists have begun developing medicine with this particular component.

 5.Chocolate can improve blood flow

Tests bought forth the fact that chocolate consumption sped up blood flow through a person’s middle cerebral arteries. Which means that eating chocolate means more blood to your brain. It reduces blood clots lowering the chances of a coronary blockage.

 6. Chocolate is an aphrodisiac

Chocolate contains these substances, Phenylethylamine and Seratonin, both naturally occur in the human brain. When a person is happy or experiencing contentment– the brain releases Phenylethylamine and Seratonin into the nervous system. Once they are in the nervous system, they can improve a person’s mood, increase the heart rate and blood pressure and provoke euphoric sensations in the body

  7.Chocolate can reduce the risk of stroke

Eating one square of a dark chocolate a day can deduce the risk of stroke by 39%. This can be attributed to Flavonoids, compounds known to have beneficial biochemical and antioxidants.

  8. Chocolate may help you live longer

Jeanne Louise Calment lived 122 years and has credited this to regularly enjoying chocolate. The British medical journal claims that chocolate cuts chances of disease by a third. Also  Dark chocolate has 8 times the amount of antioxidants than strawberries

  9.   Chocolate controls blood sugar

As ironical as it seems, dark chocolate satiates hunger, stabilizes blood sugar and halts blood sugar surges.  Have a bite of chocolate when you feel your sugar dropping, this might even save your life. It causes your immune system to work harder   to fight of stress.

 10.Chocolate could prevent sunburn

Chocolate with a high amount of flavanol when eaten will improve your skin’s sunburn fighting ability. Research suggests that eating such bitter chocolate for 3 months will improve your skin such that it will take twice as much sun exposure for sun burn to occur.

Precautions

Benefits do not come without side-effects and as chocolate has a high calorie count, it is unsuitable if you are trying to slim down or maintain your weight. The excess sugar in most chocolates can also be a cause of tooth decay/damage/cavities.

Also, there is some research suggesting that chocolate may cause poor bone structure and  osteoporosis (bone degeneration)

Two to three ounces of 70-plus percent dark chocolate a week is all you need to reap the health benefits. One square piece in the afternoon and after dinner as dessert is enough to reap the benefits.

Products with the Highest Cocoa Content and most benefit:

Unsweetened Chocolate is solid chocolate used in baking

Semi-Sweet Chocolate contains a minimum of 35% chocolate liquor; Used in chocolate chips.

Dark Chocolate contains chocolate liquor plus cocoa butter, vanilla, and sugar; They contain from 15 to 80 per cent cocoa content. Read labels so you get the highest cocoa content. With most women, this form of chocolate will satisfy your cravings more adequately.

 

­ Poor Choice Chocolate Products that should be avoided:

Milk Chocolate is 10 percent liquor chocolate with 12 percent milk solids, cocoa butter, vanilla, and sugar; There is hardly any benefit for it’s consumption.

White Chocolate has no cocoa solids just butter, milk, and sugar. There are no benefits to the heart and cholesterol and such kind of chocolate should be avoided.