Healthy reasons to love chocolate!
17 December 2021 Estimated time: ~2 min.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Very few people, considering that three million tons of cocoa beans are consumed per year! And rightly so, as it has a lot of benefits!
It is the most popular dessert and not only because of the gustatory pampering it generously offers. Chocolate is made from the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree, whose name means "food of the gods".
Beneficial food for the heart
Several studies have examined the role of chocolate on health. Cocoa beans are full of phytonutrients that act as antioxidants. Cocoa beans are also rich in iron, copper, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Chocolate consumption more than once a week was associated with an 8% lower risk of coronary heart disease.
Improves brain function
Chocolate has a positive effect on the brain, by increasing blood flow to it, by improving cognitive function, by reducing the negative effects produced by Alzheimer’s, by stimulating memory and preventing the process of degradation.
It gives us a feeling of well-being
Chocolate has a positive effect in situations of stress, fatigue and mental overload, its consumption leading to a state of calm and an improved level of concentration. In addition, it stimulates the production of endorphins (the hormone of happiness), having as an effect not only a good mood, but even helping to prevent depression and other mental illnesses.
It has an anti-aging effect
Scientists have discovered that the consumption of chocolate intensifies the biogenesis of mitochondria at the cellular level and even the production of new ones. The result is the protection of the cell and the slowing down of the aging process of the body.
Rich in nutrients and antioxidants
Chocolate contains two categories of antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols, their concentration being very high in cocoa. In addition to a significant amount of fiber (10%), chocolate also contains significant amounts of iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, zinc, selenium and potassium.
It has beauty benefits
Cosmetic masks made of chocolate or cocoa help to dry and flake the skin and remove dead cells. At the same time, chocolate improves blood flow and collagen content, improving skin elasticity, for a better, youthful appearance.