There are hundreds of organic compounds in chocolate, and they affect our brains, as they exude neurotransmitters. These can influence our feelings and make us feel happy. The raw, unprocessed beans from the cacao tree are among a variety of so-called’superfoods’, so that they belong to the same class as the humble broccoli florets that lots of children hate.
Cacao beans contain potent antioxidants than may be found in green tea or red wine. Antioxidants are, quite simply, chemicals, either artificial, or in this case, natural, which function to prevent, or delay oxidization and thus they help fight the aging process and free radicals from the body, which may lead to cancer.
Researchers believe that the antioxidants found in cacao beans can help lower the risks of a stroke, lower blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease, in addition to preventing, or at least delaying prostate cancer.
Dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate is better for our health because it contains more of the cocoa bean compared to white chocolate. Researchers feel that the flavanols present in dark chocolate excite the endothelium (the arteries lining), thus producing nitric oxide (NO3). This, in turn, transmits messages into the arteries, instructing them to unwind, so reducing blood pressure.
A hundred g bar of chocolate containing 70-85percent of cocoa has various minerals inside, including selenium that is an established mood enhancer. It’s 98% of the recommended daily dose of manganese, 67 percent of the recommended dose of iron, 58 percent of the recommended dose of magnesium, 89 percent of the recommended dose of copper and a enormous 98 percent of manganese. To put it differently, dark chocolate is good for us!
Caffeine and theobromine are also available in dark chocolate, but the little quantities of these stimulants are very unlikely to keep you awake at night!
What is the link between chocolate and happiness? Well, when you haven’t ever experienced the gratifying feeling you get when you eat chocolate, then maybe you should try eating a small number of dark chocolate. The smooth texture and delightful taste, coupled with the sensation of well-being you get will probably make you a comprehensive chocolate fan!
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