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There is a significant enthusiasmconcerning the health benefits of cocoa powder and dark chocolate becauseeveryone enjoys the wonderful, sweet taste of chocolate. It is great news thatsomething can be healthy and good tasting at the same time, but that does notnecessarily mean that one should ingest large amounts of cocoa and chocolatejust because they provide certain health benefits.

Cocoa is very rich in falconoidand that is what makes it so beneficial. Flavonoids are plant pigments thathave certain antioxidant properties and they reduce the damage in the humanbody which can lead to various serious conditions like heart disease andcancer. Cocoa powder also lowers the blood pressure and improves the blood flowin the human body. It is interesting that a cup of cocoa contains three timesmore antioxidants than a cup of tea. One should always carefully balance thequantities of cocoa included in the daily diet because it can have potentialdrawbacks when ingested excessively.

Chocolate positively affects themood because it contains phenyl ethylamine which has certain properties similarto those of amphetamine substances. People who are often depressed may findthis useful, but those who often suffer from anxiety and panic attacks shouldmaybe avoid ingesting it excess amounts. Phenyl ethylamine also develops anaddiction.

Unlike dark chocolate, thecommon, commercial chocolate contains sugar which can affect the levels ofinsulin in the human body. Dark chocolate should be chosen instead of milkchocolate since milk can negate certain health benefits of cocoa. Anotheroption is to ingest cocoa by making a beverage from its powder, but that alsohas its harmful effects, because very often processed cocoa powder containsundesirable substances like milk products, high fructose corn syrup and varioushydrogenated oils. Cocoa powder can also contain acryl amides which maypotentially lead to certain types of cancer. Cocoa and chocolate contain xanthenesas well and that’s why they shouldn’t be given to pets.

Another downside to chocolate isthat it contains lots of calories. Cocoa should always be consumed in thepurest possible formulation which contains the lowest possible amount ofcalories. It can also be alternated with other types of food that also haveantioxidant properties. Those include red wine and green tea. If chosen wisely,both cocoa and chocolate can be a very beneficial addition to everyone’s dailydiet.

It is important to always consumethem in their purest form in order to avoid excess amounts of calories and oneshould never ingest too much of either of them.

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