So many people like to eat chocolate, so it’s easy to see its positive effect on people. But add the health benefits to this incredibly delicious food, and you have got the perfect combination!
Over the past few years we have seen a number of studies to determine the potential health benefits of chocolate. In addition to identifying useful vitamins and minerals found in chocolate including potassium, copper, magnesium and phosphorus, we also know that the chocolate can act as an antioxidant and can stimulate the production of endorphins and other feel good chemical substances in the body.
Dark chocolate which is milk-free and eaten without milk is very high in antioxidants according to a study conducted by the Italian National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research in Rome (milk seems to prevent the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate). The antioxidant flavonoids that are specific to chocolate called flavonoids (procyanidins, catechins and epicatechins).
Consumption of chocolate in favor of stimulating the release of endorphins, which are “feel good” chemicals that occur naturally in the body. This can help to raise the spirit, even with a little bite.
In addition, chocolate is a known antidepressant and aphrodisiac. A chemical called phenylethylamine are responsible for these positive emotions. They may even be responsible for making you feel that you are in love. Not surprisingly, that chocolate is a romantic dinner!
Chocolate also contains stimulants such as caffeine (albeit in small amounts), which provides another way to improve mood and increased energy and happiness. Also, if you eat chocolate, which is made with 70 percent cocoa or higher, you will consume food that has a low glycemic index. This means that it will interfere with the wild fluctuations in the level of sugar and insulin levels. Compared to other products with a high content of sugar, dark chocolate is much more useful.
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