Rich in lipids and carbohydrates, chocolate contains an average of 500 kcal / 100 g and should not be banned from food, and because it brings many vitamins, it stimulates the nervous system and morale, unlike other nutrients that are low in nutrients but rich in calories. To take advantage of its benefits without fattening it is recommended to consume a dark chocolate bar (about 30 g) (with at least 70% cocoa) a day.
The best chocolate for health is the one that contains as little as possible of fat and sugars, that is dark chocolate. Chocolate containing palm oil should be avoided. Chocolate with milk contains a large amount of milk and sugar. White chocolate has a low consistency due to the lack of cocoa.
Since the American Indians have transformed the cocoa beans into cocoa powder, people are obsessed with chocolate. For thousands of years, we have consumed it and, given the special relationship we have, chocolate turned into real art!
Chocolate appeared in Central America about 4,000 years ago. The cocoa comes from the fruit of the cocoa tree, being the end product of a process involving the roasting and scraping of the grains. Originally prepared as a blend of cocoa powder and a drink, drinking chocolate was used by indigenous peoples in important religious and social rituals along the Amazon basin and Central America, including the Mayan and Aztecs. Cocoa beans were so valuable that they were used as coins in the Aztec Empire.
Chocolate is rich in minerals. Consuming a chocolate chip allows us to “get full” with minerals such as magnesium and phosphorus, but also with potassium, iron or vitamins, especially those in group B. Associated with a varied diet, chocolate also favors maintaining balance food. But beware of what you choose: choose quality dark chocolate and avoid crackers or other sugar-rich desserts that do not provide an important food intake.
It can be a natural antidepressant. Chocolate is excellent for moral, due to its high magnesium content, a trace element known for its relaxing effects and its importance in transmitting nerve impulses to the brain. Also, because of the increased content of theobromine and phenylethylamine, two substances with a brain-like structure of amphetamines increase the activity of neurotransmitters.
Combats wrinkles. Chocolate is part of the “top 10” of youth food. Cocoa is indeed one of the most flavonoid-rich foods, and especially catechins, known for their antioxidant properties. To take advantage of its many benefits, consume dark chocolate. It helps maintain a young and dynamic body. Attention to chocolate with milk and the white one, which due to its low cocoa content is poor in flavonoids.
Prevents the onset of cardiovascular disease. Flavonoids, containing cocoa and dark chocolate, have a protective role against cardiovascular disease. They favor lowering LDL-cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) and protect the elasticity of the vascular walls.
Chocolate prevents hypertension. Due to the high content of flavonoids, dark chocolate significantly lowers blood pressure and helps stabilize it over time. It also prevents type II diabetes.
Finally, nutritionists recommend eating chocolate with moderation, as they contain a large amount of fat and sugars.