Milk chocolate, white, filled with cream…how many of you simply was not able to resist to eat some of your favorite chocolates, and after that you felt like you have done something bad and added one more sweet sin to your conscious. Eating a chocolate feels like tasting a bit of heaven and after reading this article, you can eat chocolate with a relief, because it is as healthy as it is tasty. The history of chocolate dated back to ancient Aztecs who used cocoa beans as a means of currency. They also believed that chocolate brings wisdom, energy and has aphrodisiac properties.
Chocolate has a lot of antioxidants who are essential for neutralization of chemical reactions that are harmful for our body. 40g of chocolates has the same amount of polyphenols, which is beneficial for heart protection. Dark chocolate has even two more times polyphenols than the regular one. Chocolate is also full of oligomers that prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidation. According to the article published by the British Medical Journal, dark chocolate is one of the ingredients that every daily meal should have.
Fish, fruit, vegetables almonds, garlic and 150ml wine are also in this list of ingredients and they reduced the risk of coronary heart disease. There is also the benefit of overall feeling of good about everything, since the chocolate stimulates brain to increase the level of chemicals that are responsible for your good mood. Even though chocolate contains caffeine, the amount of it is 10 times less than in the coffee and a small amount of coffee is good for metabolism, reduction of fatigue and many other things. One thing that goes against chocolate is its price, because it can be quite high, but it is worth every penny. Other things that go against chocolate are calories, glucose swings, mood swings, tooth decay and acne. Since sweetened chocolate contains a lot of calories, it would be better to eat dark chocolate. Sweetened chocolate also leads to glucose swings that can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes appearances.
Including chocolate in your diet
Now, when we add the cons and pros of eating chocolate, we can resume that chocolate is good to eat if it is dark and expensive. The price provides you with quality. It should be a part of a balanced diet, but only if you eat no more than 100g per day. Make sure that you regulary wash your teeth, and eat a lot of fruit and vegetables besides the chocolate, and you will be healthy.