Why Chocolate is so great

What Is So Great About chocolate?

Fun fact: Cacao beans were so valuable to early Mesoamericans that they used them as currency

Chocolate is made from the beans of the cacao tree. It is grown in Africa, where the high temperatures and rainfall serve as the perfect growing condition.

Brussels Sprouts belong to the Brassicaceae family, close relatives of kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and mustard greens, thus offering similar taste and a wide range of health benefits, which makes them a great addition to your diet. Mainly cut, cleaned, and cooked to be served as either a side dish or a main course, these mini looking cabbages provide everything from taste to power-packed nutrients.

Health benefits of chocolate

According to a study, eating chocolate can increase brain activity and heart rate. 

Although numerous ingredients and chemicals are used in conjuring up a bar of chocolate, many of them are essential in making it taste so heavenly, including theobromine, phenylethylamine, and caffeine. In addition to this, chocolate also contains anandamide, which is known as a natural feel-good chemical and has a long-lasting positive impact on our brain. 

Let’s have a look at some other health benefits of chocolates:

  • Eating 45 grams of chocolate per week reduces the risk of stroke by 20% in women. This is due to the presence of flavonoids, which fight strokes because of their antioxidant properties.
  • Eating 6.7 grams of dark chocolate every day keeps the blood-inflammation proteins at bay, reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • The flavanols in chocolate help with mental math. An experiment conducted by The British Telegraph states that people who drank a cup of hot chocolate could count backward more quickly than those who didn’t.
  • Pentameric procyanidin, a compound present in chocolate, stops cancer cells from dividing by suppressing their growth. This is based on the research carried out by Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University.
  • Having a coughing fit? Don’t worry! Just pop a piece of chocolate in your mouth, and the theobromine contained in it will suppress your cough.

The cacao beans have to go through an extensive process to produce the chocolate we devour without much thought. The seeds are fermented, dried, cleaned, and ground to a fine paste, and further pressurized to form chocolate liquor and cocoa butter. The different types of chocolate we see in supermarkets are made by mixing the liquor and butter in different proportions. 

How to include chocolate into your diet

Did you know that you can enjoy chocolate as part of a balanced, heart-healthy diet and lifestyle? 

Most people trying to lead a healthy lifestyle exclude chocolate from their diet as it contains sugar. Let me tell you that no food is good or bad; it’s the amount consumed that makes a difference. 

Therefore, you can incorporate chocolate into your diet while staying healthy and enjoying its benefits. Here’s how:

  • Go for dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. The antioxidants in dark chocolates help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. It has a low amount of sugar and is rich in fiber and iron compared to milk chocolate.
  • If dark chocolate is not your thing, you can indulge in sweet milk chocolate by opting for the snack-sized or fun-sized bar instead of the full-sized one. This will not only satisfy your cravings but hold back your calorie intake.
  • You can also go for chocolate mousse or yogurt as a low-calorie option.

Entirely removing a food group from your diet doesn’t work in the long run. Therefore, a balanced diet, which includes occasional delicacies, is ideal for staying healthy and enjoying life. 

   

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Felicity Nicole
Felicity Nicole
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I’m Felicity Nicole, and I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. A tomboy at heart, I can be found hair up, favorite sweatshirt on, cooking up something yummy for my family. I am remarried to a wonderful man who totally gets me (woohoo!)., It turns out God does give us second chances! I am now a stepmom to two adult children who are super beautiful and a nonstop blessing in my life. Watching my son play baseball is by far my greatest joy. I am a transformational coach and Reiki Practitioner on a mission to help women redesign their lives. This mission comes directly from my own personal experience with self-discovery. From an abusive marriage to a healthy, fulfilling relationship, through multiple careers and a lifetime of coaching the women in my own life, what I realized is that I have always had power and tenacity deep within me…I just needed to let it thrive again. My courage and determination to walk away into the unknown and redesign my own story is a shining example that where there’s a will there’s a way. On the lighter side, I like my pizza thick and layered in meat and cheese (remember, I’m from Chicago). I spent 22 years in the veterinary field, where I brought home WAY too many fur babies. And if I had one thing to bring with me to a desert island, it would be coffee.
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