Chocolate, the smooth, sugary and sometimes bitter piece of heaven.
It comes in various flavors and forms. You grab it when you are happy or stressing out. It considered as a comfort food and no it’s not a myth. There is a scientific and historic reason for it.
The ancient Aztec civilization considered chocolate to be the food of the god. It was known as Cacahuatl then. They used it as an offering to their god, medicine and also currency. And now more than 500 years later, chocolate is still eaten at celebrations and used a medicine for the mind.
But what makes chocolate a healthy choice for our body?
How To Choose A Right Kind Of Chocolate And Make The Most Of It?
The health factor of a chocolate is determined by the plant Cacao, from which it is derived. While cacao in its raw form is great for you, not all chocolate is healthy. Most of the chocolate available today can be considered junk food than a superfood.
Milk chocolate is a highly processed and deluded version of the plant product. It contains higher portions of milk solids and processed sugar in it. White is nothing but a sugary, fat increasing food. Dark chocolate should consist of 50% cacao. The darker the chocolate the healthier it is.
Strange Benefits Of Eating Chocolate
- Cacao, the main ingredient of dark chocolate, is surprisingly high in fiber. This makes it easy on the digestive system.
- It also consists of a compound tryptophan which promotes well-being and elevates moods.
- Chocolate is rich in iron, magnesium, copper and manganese. It also contains potassium, phosphorous, zinc and selenium.
- Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants which help prevent wrinkles on your skin to major diseases like cancer. There are studies which show that dark chocolate contained more antioxidants like polyphenols and flavanols than other fruits like blueberries and Acai berries.
- A study in 2012, shows that antioxidants in chocolate also keep fatigue away. So next time you feel tired eat a small piece of dark chocolate.
- It has also proved to make blood flow smoothly by reducing clots and improving arterial function. The flavanols in dark chocolate stimulate the lining of the arteries to produce nitric oxide (NO). This gas ensures relaxation of arteries and reduces blood pressure.
- This causes fewer cholesterol deposits and lowers the risks of heart diseases. People who eat chocolate on a regular basis are 30% less likely to have strokes and 12% less likely to suffer from heart attack.
Although dark chocolate has many health benefits, it is also high in calories. Eating chocolate in moderation is the key. Don’t stuff your mouth with chocolate every day. Beware of a lot crappy dark chocolates. Your chocolate needs to have 70% or more cocoa in it to be healthy. Make sure it has lowest amounts of sugar in it too. The darker the chocolate the healthier and beneficial it is.
These are some of the benefits of eating chocolate(in moderation).