Chocolate has been loved for centuries by people all over the world. The Mayans and Incas first used the Cacao beans to brew spicy chocolatey beverages in their religious rituals. Then the Spaniards fell in love with chocolate and carried it back to Europe where chocolate was welcomed into homes and palaces alike. Europeans used the dark substance to make some of the tastiest confections known to man. But now scientists are announcing real benefits to consuming chocolate. There are health benefits to some chocolates. Read on to learn about the healing power of chocolate.
Now, not all chocolate is the same. Dark chocolate is the chocolate that has been proven to carry the published benefits that I am sharing. Dark chocolate and cocoa are rich in nutrients. Milk chocolates are blended and the benefits are probably diminished by the blending process.
There are five basic ways that this sweet dessert has been proven to have healing powers to the human body. Keep in mind that some of these studies are ongoing and despite promising statistics, much more needs to be learned. Here are the five basic ways that it is good for you.
Antioxidants – There has been a lot of study and dialogue in recent years about antioxidants. There ability to protect the cells inside your body make them valuable in protecting us from disease and even aging. Some fruits and vegetables are proven to be rich in antioxidants. Eating small amounts of the dark variety has also been added to this list of antioxidant-rich foods. It is a plant-based food!
Your Heart – A recent study by a Yale University professor has shown that this delicious dessert can increase the efficiency of the blood flow in your heart, and diminish high cholesterol. It’s even been shown that blood pressure drops after consuming it.
Blood Sugar – It has now been proven that because of the low glycemic level found in the sweet treat, people with blood sugar disorders can consume small amounts. The sugar crash you get after consuming most sugared candies is greatly diminished because of this chocolate flavanols. Flavanols help unlock cells and help absorb sugar. More studies are being done in this area, so check with your doctor before changing your diet.
Minerals – This dark confection contains copper, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. There is also a good dose of iron as well.
Brain Smart – Dark chocolate contains small amounts of caffeine and theobromine both of watch have been studied to show they make us more alert. There is also a feel-good compound called PEA that releases endorphins when it is consumed.