There are hundreds of natural chemicals 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 more than can be found in green tea or red wine. Antioxidants are, quite simply, compounds, either man-made, or in this case, natural, which function to prevent, or delay oxidization and thus they help fight the aging process and free radicals in the body, which may cause cancer.
Researchers believe that the antioxidants found in cacao beans can help to 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 rather than milk chocolate is better for our health because it contains more of the cocoa bean than white chocolate. Researchers feel that the flavanols present in dark chocolate stimulate the endothelium (the arteries lining), thus producing nitric oxide (NO3). This, in turn, transmits messages to the arteries, instructing them to relax, so reducing blood pressure.
A hundred g bar of dark chocolate containing 70-85% of cocoa has various minerals in it, including selenium that is a proven mood enhancer. It’s 98% of the recommended daily dose of manganese, 67% of the recommended dose of iron, 58% of the recommended dose of magnesium, 89 percent of the recommended dose of copper and a huge 98% of manganese. It also has zinc, phosphorus, and potassium it. To put it differently, dark chocolate is good for us!
Caffeine and theobromine are also to be found in dark chocolate, but the little amounts of these stimulants are extremely unlikely to keep you awake at night!
What’s 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 feeling of well-being you get will probably make you a complete chocolate fan!
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