Chocolate – who can stand it?
It is an indispensable ingredient when it comes to delicious desserts or memorable sweet snacks. This food so loved by most of us has always been a controversial topic. Although we eat it periodically, it is not uncommon to see when we feel guilty about eating it.
There is always that monologue in ourselves: It’s so delicious, yumi! But I still heard “it’s not good”! I do not feel good as a consumption! Next time hold me back, I promise!
Some say it is beneficial to the body, other opinions claim it is harmful. How do we know, though, if eating chocolate is a support for our health or on the contrary, an enemy?
Find the truth about chocolate: what to avoid and what to look for if you want to enjoy the benefits of a cocoa-based medicine.
Benefits of chocolate
Supports the health of the heart and the circulatory system
A recent study has shown that dark chocolate helps restore arterial flexibility, prevents blood clots in blood vessels and facilitates blood circulation through the arteries.
In addition, moderate quality chocolate consumption reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the journal British Journal of Medicine in 2011.
Cocoa consumption has also been shown to reduce “bad” cholesterol levels and increase “good” cholesterol, potentially reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Reduce the risk of stroke
Researchers in Finland have found that moderate premium chocolate consumption reduces by approx. 17% the risk of stroke (relative to the study group participating in the research)
It is rich in minerals
If you are using top quality black chocolate with a natural cocoa content of over 70%, you can be sure that with this you feed your body and with beneficial substances for health. Black chocolate is rich in soluble fiber and in beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc, iron, magnesium, copper or selenium.
Supports brain health and improves memory
Premium chocolate contains antioxidant compounds called flavonoids that help improve memory, even reducing the risk of dementia, according to recent research. Flavonoids support and increase cerebral blood flow and memory, including in the elderly, according to a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
Can prevent diabetes
It may seem paradoxical, but it has been shown that moderate consumption of high quality cocoa improves insulin sensitivity, more precisely, insulin resistance (a risk factor for diabetes) is reduced. Thus, black chocolate, consumed in moderation, could delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.
Natural chocolate, especially with high cocoa content, has, as we have seen together, many benefits. However, it should not be consumed daily. All nutrients containing it come in a package with moderate sugar content plus calories. It also contains stimulants such as caffeine, even in small amounts, compared to so much appreciated coffee.
Concerning cocoa fatty acids, we can stand still. Fats containing high quality natural cocoa are “mostly saturated and monounsaturated” fats, with low amounts of polyunsaturated fats.
What is essential is the quality of the chocolate you choose to consume.
To make sure your chocolate is a food-medicine, be very careful with the ingredients it contains and choose a premium chocolate assortment that really supports your health. The market is tricky with dozens of chocolate brands, but many are soaked with harmful additives for the body and contain ingredients of inferior quality and doubtful origin. Not to mention the amount of natural cocoa, which is often very low, being replaced by other harmful chemical compounds and food additives that are extremely harmful to health. Do not let it be fascinated by sympathetic or hypnotic messages! Often, beyond them, products are disastrous for your body!
High quality chocolate with an optimal content of natural cocoa from safe sources is a food you can choose to consume in favor of maintaining your health as a medicine and stimulant of vitality. But, like anything in this world, every thing is beneficial in optimum quantities, and it is harmful in excess.
Remember to consume chocolate with moderation.
Moderation – the key to health
In this way you will ensure that you extract the best from the curative principles it contains.
Have a good appetite for healthy delights!