Natural of central America, the chocolate is now universal. Appreciated for its flavour the chocolate also has beneficial properties for the body.
The chocolate is sweet, and is rich, delicious and is even irresistible. Are easily known their energetic properties, its benefits to the memory, the feeling of happiness and even his help in healing depression, but chocolate has many properties that probably was unaware of.
The benefits of chocolate are associated mainly to the properties of the cocoa and the dark chocolate has the greatest advantages when compared with milk chocolate or white chocolate. In addition, the chocolates, white and milk, have a greater amount of sugar and fat. Prefer the dark chocolate, and bitter at the expense of the rest of the options.
Despite all its benefits, the chocolate should be consumed in moderation because, in addition to the amount of sugar in certain people, can cause addiction, sleeplessness, nervousness, and very rarely allergic reactions.
6 BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE
HELPS TO CONTROL THE CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Recent studies seem to confirm a direct relationship between the consumption of cocoa and the reduction of levels of cholesterol, bad LDL, and the increase, in this case less significant, in the good cholesterol, HDL.
PREVENTS CARDIOVASCULAR PROBLEMS
The chocolate decreases the tendency of coagulation of platelets and blockage of arteries contributing to the improvement of arterial flow and, consequently, reduces the risk of cardiovascular complications.
COMBAT THE PERSISTENT COUGH
Studies conducted at Imperial College in the Uk, have proven the beneficial effect of cocoa through theobromine present in their constitution, in combating the persistent cough.
PREVENTS HYPERTENSION IN PREGNANCY
The consumption of chocolate during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of hypertension. This effect is attributed to the theobromine that is found mainly in the bitter chocolates, that is, with a higher percentage of cocoa.
CONTAINS VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Chocolate has in its constitution the vitamins, particularly the B group, as well as an important set of minerals, including: calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium.
The chocolate has large amounts of flavanóides, the antioxidants that are critical in the defence of the body, including in combating certain types of cancer and delay the signs of aging.
Despite all of the benefits, the chocolate should be consumed in moderation. Do not go beyond a tablet small chocolate per week. As also already mentioned, to take advantage of all the benefits, you should focus on the consumption of dark chocolate, bitter, with a higher concentration of cocoa.
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