Why is chocolate good for you?
The scientists have thoroughly studied the qualities of chocolate and proved that many of them are good for health. And you should not forget that first and foremost the dark chocolate with high cocoa content is healthy. Moderation is also important when consuming chocolate – as in the case of any other food.
In short we can say that chocolate contains substances, which among other things help to prevent various diseases and on the other hand create a pleasant sense of well-being and satisfaction with oneself, improve mood and relieve stress. That is true especially for women, due to which they are especially sensitive to the charms of chocolate. Chocolate is also known due its stimulating and energising effect, it is also a real energy bomb that suits well for anyone whose life has to do with mental or physical efforts.
The following list gives a more extensive overview of the beneficial qualities of chocolate:
1. One of the main ingredients of chocolate, the cocoa butter contains plenty of stearin acid, thanks to which eating chocolate does not increase the cholesterol content of blood, and therefore does not increase the risk of cardio-vascular diseases.
2. Chocolate contains anti-oxidants (flavonols) that protect the heart and the cardiovascular system. They are also good for the immune system and potentially prevent cancer.
3. Chocolate contains important nutrients: iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, copper and vitamin B.
4. Chocolate generates sense of well-being, because it releases the “happiness hormones” endorphins.
5. Chocolate has a slightly stimulating effect thanks to its theobromine content.
6. The serotonin in the chocolate is a natural “antidepressant”.
7. The studies of the recent years have revealed that chocolate does not cause acne or caries.
8. Chocolate does not cause hyperactive behaviour and hyperactivity related to the attention deficit disorder of children. The research papers published on this topic reveal that none of the studies show a connection between hyperactive behaviour and chocolate consumption.