Healthy eating does not mean renouncing the pleasures and the delicious food. In today’s post, we will talk about the benefits of chocolate. It is important to remember that when we talk about the benefits of chocolate, we are referring to cocoa, to dark chocolate, a chocolate without sugar or with low levels of sugar.
Benefits of chocolate
There are two good fats in cocoa, two fats that contribute to the health of our organism: oleic acid (30%) and stearic acid. The oleic acid is the same fat of olive oil. This acid is a substance that faces the LDL cholesterol, known as bad fat and increases the HDL cholesterol, known as good fat. The other acid is the stearic acid or cacao butter, which controls triglycerides levels (bad fats that block arteries).
Reduces the signs of ageing
Cocoa has many polyphenols, which are substances that face the signs of ageing caused by free radicals. Polyphenols help our organism to fight infections off and to reduce inflammation. Moreover, polyphenols boost immune system.
Improves the mood
Chocolate boosts the production of endorphins. Endorphins improve wellness and comfort. Eating dark chocolate has an antidepressant effect and helps to face anxiety and sadness.
Help the concentration
In chocolate, we can find theobromine, a substance that speeds up the heart rate, improving the ability of concentration and regulating the blood pressure. This means that chocolate is ideal to eat before an exam, the presentation of a project or a job interview.
Beside the blood pressure regulation, theobromine activates the function of kidneys, boosting diuresis, the removal of excess body fluids. In addition, the caffeine causes this effect.
Reduces blood pressure
According to a German study, dark chocolate can reduce blood pressure thanks to polyphenols, antioxidants that we can find also in wine and that have positive effects on the hearth. Dark chocolate can reduce blood pressure of 4 mmHg.
According to experts and nutritionists, the ideal quantity is 10g in a day. What are you waiting for? Include this delicious food in your daily routine.