Chocolate is a perennial gift almost as often as soap and fruitcake. Quality ranges from high-fructose corn syrup tubular brown mucus in the candy brand and Tootsie Rolls all the way up to $2,000 cans of exclusive Beverly Hills handcrafted cocoa confections. Most of us prefer something in between.
Despite the myth that chocolate causes pimples (this is sugar, not chocolate!) Chocolate has a wide range of health benefits. It can lower blood pressure reduce blood clots instance and even help prevent cancer. It is rich in phenolic phytochemicals-or in layman’s terms, antioxidants. Cocoa has more antioxidant flavonoids than green tea or red wine.
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which is a mild mood elevator and an anti-depressant. This is the same chemical that produces a feeling of love or happiness in our brains. It also contains a very small amount of caffeine. It is also considered an aphrodisiac. Much like red wine, fruit, tea and vegetables, cocoa seeds contain important antioxidants called flavonoids and has been associated with cardiovascular disease.
Dark chocolate contains twice as many antioxidants as to make chocolate milk. Not everything that is tasty is bad for you, chocolate is definitely one of them. While chocolate and cocoa butter contain saturated and unsaturated fats, but unlike many acids stearic saturated fat in chocolate is a neutral fat, not raise cholesterol levels.
It’s not just the taste that separates the Nestle’s Crunch from Dark Chocolate of Scharffenberger. If you try to maximize the health benefits of chocolate you get, always go for the dark. In fact, a higher percentage of cocoa, the better the chocolate is. 50% cocoa is really a good place to start, but I would suggest jumping to 70%, if you can handle the strength.
Health benefits of milk in chocolate are so low because such a low percentage of what you are actually eating is chocolate in the first place. In most cases, the milk chocolate contains more sugars and milk solids, which is almost antioxidant which neutralizes than the actual cocoa powder.