Health Benefits of Chocolate

| November 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Health effects of chocolate

Health Benefits of Chocolate

Good news for all chocoholics; this mouth-watering food has now proven to have many health benefits too. It has several nourishing ingredients, that make it more nutritious. Its no more considered a junk food and has been assigned a higher status now. 

 
You will find a large number of  chocolate variants to choose from such as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and others. It is made with natural ingredients, like cacao beans, that give your body a warmth at first bite. You feel energetic and active after having a bar of it. According to studies, there are more than 300 substances in chocolate that can give many benefits to improve your overall health and general well-being.  Although, it causes weight gain and excessive consumption can lead to elevated sugar levels, but taking in moderate amount is not harmful at all.

 
Mood-boosting properties

 
Surprisingly, chocolate has a unique quality as a mood booster. It produces serotonin or happy hormone to make you feel cheerful all the time. Its best way to lift your sad mood and stay happy. Tryptophane found in it, stimulates production of serotonin that increases feeling of good sensation. Another substance phenyllethylamin in it induces happy mood, when you consume chocolate in moderately large amount. It is therefore included in diet of people having mild to severe depression or other emotional disturbances.

 
Strong heart

 
Chocolate improves health of the heart  as it helps lower the amount of bad cholesterol in the body. Higher level of bad cholesterol is detrimental to health and can lead to many cardiac ailments. The amount of flavinoids like Epicatechin, in it relaxes and widens blood vessels. It thus avoids strokes, heart attacks and other serious diseases.

 
Soothing effect

 
Chocolate has a kind of soothing effect on your throat. It keeps you fresh and away from depression.

 
Longevity

 
Believe it or not, many researches have shown that chocolate prolongs life.  Oleic acid, an acid present in cocoa butter raises amount of good cholesterol in your body.

 
Facts and precautions

 
Chocolate is available in many type and combinations all over the world. Its large variety can be confusing. Avoid milk chocolate because its fattening and unhealthy. Dark chocolate on the other hand is one of the best types. Its healthier than any other form. Never consume it in excessive amounts. Combine nuts, fruits, whole-grain cookies or any other nutritious food to enhance its nourishing value.

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