Benefits Of Chocolate

Benefits Of Chocolate

Chocolate is often regarded as junk food. However, dark chocolate has been found to have health benefits. To reap the health benefits of dark chocolate, you must exercise portion control and avoid dark chocolate that is combined with regular, unhealthful candy bar ingredients, such as nougat and caramel
about Chocolate
Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, extracted from cocoa tree. Varieties of chocolate is white, milk, semisweet, bittersweet and unsweetened. Semi Sweet, bittersweet and unsweetened considered to be dark chocolate.
What Makes Dark Chocolate Healthy
Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which provide antioxidant power to repair cell damage and shield the body from contaminants, such as cigarettes smoke. White chocolate and milk chocolate contains not enough flavonoids to provide a health benefit.
Other Health Benefits
Dark chocolate benefits the heart by lowering blood pressure and reducing LDL, or bad cholesterol. Dark chocolate also stimulates the production of endorphins, which can give a sense of joy, and serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant.
Beneficial Amounts
Eating too much chocolate can counteract the healthy effect. The amount of chocolate to be eaten being debated, but a study by Dirk Taubert, MD, PhD, of Germany’s University Hospital of Cologne, limited daily chocolate intake to an amount the size of a Hershey’s Kiss.
Fun Fact
Dark chocolate contains 5-25 mg of caffeine. This is a relatively small amount compared to 65-192 mg of caffeine in brewed coffee.

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