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 one of a variety of so-called’superfoods’, so that they belong in the same category as the humble broccoli florets that many children hate.
Cacao beans contain potent antioxidants more than may be found in green tea or red wine. Antioxidants are, quite simply, compounds, either man-made, or in this case, natural, which work to prevent, or delay oxidization and thus they help fight the aging process and free radicals in the body, which can 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, as well as 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 than white chocolate. Researchers believe 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 gram bar of dark chocolate containing 70-85% of cocoa has various minerals inside, including selenium that is an established mood enhancer. It has 98% of the recommended daily dose of manganese, 67% of the recommended dose of iron, 58 percent of the recommended dose of magnesium, 89% of the recommended dose of copper and a enormous 98% of manganese. In other words, dark chocolate is good for us!
Caffeine and theobromine are also available in dark chocolate, but the little quantities of these stimulants are extremely unlikely to keep you awake at night!
What’s the connection between chocolate and happiness? Well, if you haven’t ever experienced the pleasurable feeling you get when you eat chocolate, then perhaps you should try eating a small amount 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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