Who said that chocolates are not good for you? Here at Chocooze, we believe that chocolates can uplift the mind and body in a manner no other substitute can.
Here are some health benefits of eating these glorious bundles of cocoa.
- Cocoa, the source of chocolate, contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay.
- The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation.
- Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, a mild mood elevator.
- The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat which may raise good cholesterol.
- Drinking a cup of hot chocolate before meals may actually diminish appetite.
- Men who eat chocolate live a year longer than those who don't.
- The flavanoids in chocolate may help keep blood vessels elastic.
- Chocolate increases antioxidant levels in the blood.
- Mexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites.
- The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being.
- Studies show that chocolate is not a causative factor in acne.
- Cocoa contains the stimulants caffeine and bromine, but in such small quantities that they don't cause nervous excitability.
- Chocolate is not addictive.
- Chocolate contains stearic acid, a neutral fat which doesn't raise bad cholesterol.
- Chocolate doesn't make you 'high'. You'd need to eat a huge quantity (about 25 pounds at one sitting) to feel any noticeable effect.
- A regular cup of coffee contains one hundred thirty to one hundred fifty milligrams of caffeine whereas a one ounce piece of chocolate contains only six milligrams. At this rate, it's better to give up coffee than chocolate.
- In a study, chocolate was found to have four times the antioxidants of green tea. Catechins are powerful antioxidants in the prevention of cancer and heart disease.
- Chocolate also provides endorphins, which act like natural opiates in treating chronic pain.
- Endorphins also bring on a relaxed state of mind, enable more oxygen to reach our inner blood supply and even improve our memory.
- Seratonin, a neurotransmitter is found in chocolate and works in our body as an anti-depressant.
- Other good things to note about chocolate are that chocolate doesn't cause acne or irritate it.
- It's also known to contain the vitamins B1, B2, D and E as well as the minerals potassium and magnesium.
- Researchers found that the cocoa butter in chocolate coats the teeth while it's being consumed making it one of the least likely snacks to cause tooth decay.
(Data Based on research and survey)