Chocolate Health Benefits
and Fun Chocolate Facts
Chocolate health benefits Include having the highest antioxidant and magnesium mineral content of any fruit or nut.
The magnesium mineral is one of the most important minerals that your body needs to function at its best and most Americans are deficient.
Besides having magnesium, chocolate has some of the best brain chemicals which help give you that feeling of bliss or "inlove feeling".
The benefits of chocolate make it one of the most "fun and tasty" health foods around!
Our foods our grown in very deficient soil which has helped to produce this particular mineral deficiency.
Highest Amount of Antioxidants
Real chocolate has more antioxidant flavonoids than any known food on this planet.
Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals. These
antioxidants also reduce blood clotting and improve circulation.
The more unprocessed and low temperature treated - the more antioxidants your chocolate will contain.
Dark Chocolate Health Benefits
Dark chocolate comes in different strengths or percentages that show
how much chocolate is in each bar.
The benefits of dark
chocolate include having a high amount of antioxidants and this amount
increases with every percentage point.
Another one of the benefits of dark chocolate is that it
generally contains less sugar.
Generally, the sugar content of chocolate will get
lower and lower as the percentage of chocolate gets higher and higher.
For example: Dark chocolate has quite a bit more antioxidant flavonoids than milk chocolate.
Dark chocolates don't contain any milk products (which block some antioxidants), so it only takes a little bit of this type of chocolate to receive these antioxidant health benefits.
Highest Magnesium Mineral Content
This food is an excellent source of the magnesium mineral.
magnesium for many of the body's functions such as balancing brain
This could be the reason why women crave chocolate more during their menstrual cycle.
The magnesium mineral is also known as the anti-stress mineral and will help your muscles to relax.
Approximately 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium which is also needed for the regulation of your heartbeat and blood pressure.
Beneficial Fatty Acids
Chocolate or cacao butter is comprised mainly of saturated fats as well as monounsaturated fat.
It does contain a little bit of omega 6 fatty acids which are also considered essential fatty acids.
The monounsaturated fat in cacao butter is called oleic acid.
Olive oil also contains this heart healthy monounsaturated fat.
And the saturated fats found in cacao butter does not appear to raise bad cholesterol levels.
Keep in mind that highly-processed chocolate will not contain many of these types of chocolate health benefits.
Fun Chocolate Facts
Two fun chocolate facts are that two important brain chemicals are found in this food - phenylethylamine and anandamide.
Phenylethylamine gives you the same feeling as falling-in-love. It also increases alertness and focus.
And chocolate increases the level of Anandamide in your brain and this gives you a feeling of relaxation and bliss.
You don't need a lover, just eat some chocolate - Just kidding!
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