“Chocolates” , only the name is enough to remember the fantastic feeling that fills our heart with happiness and enhances our mood . It is tasty as well as good for our health . It is a treat for our heart , skin , mind and mood . However , there is a very fine line between benefits and harm that chocolate can cause .
Chocolate contains cocoa which helps in reducing the risk of cancer and heart attacks . Chocolate consumption reduce cholesterol levels . According to a report published by European Socitey of Cardiology ,Paris , consuming chocolate could reduce the risk of heart attack by one-third . Cocoa contains a good amount of flavanoids which are naturally produced plant substances . These keep the platelets less sticky , hence decreasing the risk of heart attacks .
Chocolate reduce the risk of stroke .In a survey conducted in Canada , people who regularly eat chocolates had 22% less chances of stroke as compared to those who do not consume chocolates.
Chocolates help in developing razor sharp memory .Drinking two cups of hot chocolate daily helps in keeping the brain healthy . Hot chocolate help in blood flow in different parts of world . Good blood circulation supplies oxygen in different parts of brain which helps in generating energy , and hence more tasks can be performed efficiently . Chocolates also reduces chances of memory loss in old people.
Chocolates regulates blood flow in body eases blood vessels which brings down blood pressure.
Chocolates also helps in mood-uplifting as it spikes the production of neuro-transmitters which enhances mood .
The bioactive compounds in dark chocolate may also be great for our skin.
The flavonols can protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration . The minimal erythemal dose (MED) is the minimum amount of UVB rays required to cause redness in the skin, 24 hours after exposure.
In one study of 30 people, the MED more than doubled after consuming dark chocolate high in flavanols for 12 weeks .
Chocolate is high in anti-oxidants and contains anti-ageing properties too. Chocolate also imparts a healthy glow to our face. It increases the production of collagen and lightens blemishes and acne marks. It hydrates your skin and softens delaying the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It suits all skin types and is known to be one of the best ways to relax and rejuvenate oneself after a tiring week at work.
These may be the reason that chocolate facial or chocolate wax are preferred these days.
Chocolates are rich in minerals too .Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 per cent or more) choc provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron.
It is found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents.
When we are stressed our body signals out chemicals that raise our blood pressure and help us fight the stressor. These chemicals or hormones are stored in the brain (pituitary gland), the adrenal glands, and other parts of the nervous system. A recent study looked at how the body responded to stress by measuring these chemicals in 31 men consuming dark chocolate versus 34 men that received a placebo chocolate that did not contain flavanols. The men then underwent a significant stress. What these researchers found about the effect of chocolate was significant. Those men consuming dark chocolate had lower levels of cortisol and epinephrine after the stress. Although their brain response to stress was similar (ACTH levels were identical in both groups) the body’s response to the brain signals of stress was blunted.
Darker chocolate has lower quantities of unhealthy ingredients, such as fat and sugar, than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate that is at least 70 percent cocoa is the most beneficial variety, and it packs loads of nutritious antioxidants. It even has numerous health-promoting properties that other kinds of chocolate do not contain; for instance, dark chocolate has far more antioxidants and flavonoids than milk or white chocolate.
10 Good Reasons to Eat Dark Chocolate
1) It Can Improve Memory Loss
2) It Fights Free Radicals
3) It Decreases Stroke Risk
4) It Prevents Heart diseases
5) It Raises Good Cholesterol
6) It’s a Mood Booster
7) It May Help You Live Longer
8) It Helps Prevent Cancer
9) It Improves Vision
10) It Lowers Blood Pressure
Now if we look on other side of it , chocolate being the sweet delicacy is high in calories , and its over-consumption can lead to diabetes .People suffering from weight-gain or those who wish to control their weight should limit the consumption of chocolate. Also , its sweetness can lead to tooth-decay.
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