The true power of chocolate

Chocolate is not only tasty but also healthy. Although you have to eat the right chocolate for this, because if you sink back with a bar of milk chocolate it won’t work. When we talk about healthy chocolate, we mean pure chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. But then it does have many health benefits.

Chocolate as an aphrodisium

First of all, chocolate is said to be aphrodisiac. It is still not possible to say with certainty whether this is the case. There are stories from history that give the impression that this would be the case. An example: the Aztec emperor Montezuma drank spiced cocoa before entering his harem. This would have helped him, but it also says that he drank 50 cups of this stuff every day, so is it true? Casanova also used a lot of chocolate, as did Madame du Barry, who did not use it for herself but gave it to her lovers so that they would last a little longer.
Well, I don’t know whether this is all correct, but what is a fact is that chocolate – provided it is really pure chocolate – has health benefits of more than 70%.

The following substances provide the health effect

Flavonoids

Flavonoids are antioxidants and antioxidants always play an important role in the fight against free radicals. Our body also produces antioxidants, but not enough. This is not surprising because the numbers of free radicals are in the majority as a result of our poor dietary habits, smoking, air pollution, etc.
Chocolate naturally contains the substance flavonoids and this substance has a protective effect against, for example, heart attacks. In any case, that has been proven. Flavonoids are also found in, for example, green tea , red wine (that’s why they always say red wine is healthy), apples and certain vegetables. Flavonoids also neutralize harmful oxygen compounds in the blood that play a role in cardiovascular disease. It is also said to dilate the veins and reduce the risk of age-related diseases and cancer.

Serotonin and phenylethylamine

Two more substances that have benefits. They have an anti-stress effect and it is said that chocolate could therefore also work as an antidepressant. This is probably a bit far-fetched.

Vegetable carbolic acids

This substance provides a blood pressure lowering effect.

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin B2 and B3, Magnesium, iron, chromium, selenium, manganese, copper, potassium and zinc.

So chocolate is ‘healthy’

If you take into account all the above substances, chocolate is indeed healthy, but we are not actually talking about chocolate but more about the cocoa it contains, because that is what it is all about. So, don’t eat unlimited chocolate now because chocolate is still a fattener. 100 grams of chocolate provides 500 calories and that is not bad. That can easily weigh a large bar. The advantage is that if you really want to eat chocolate for health reasons, you should take dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. Well, believe me, you only eat a very small piece of it because it fills you up very quickly. But is it still as tasty? So snack wisely and take a small piece a day.

Tip:

If you ever have one of those days where you feel like you have the flu, like: ‘Phew, I don’t know…I think I’m going to get sick’ , take a very small piece of dark chocolate from above the 80%, and you will see that the flu or cold will not continue. (Source: Daisha de Wijs)

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