The benefits of chocolate for health are increasingly accepted and recognized by medical specialists worldwide. And it is not only because it is a delicious food, also because it´s rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, so necessary for the proper functioning of our body.
But to better understand the benefits of chocolate, let´s begin to understand its characteristics. Chocolate is a food that comes from mixing sugar with two products derived from handling the seed of cocoa: the cocoa paste and butter. The proportion of its elements and their mixing with other products such as milk and nuts is what generates the different types of chocolate.
Basically we can talk about three types of chocolate: The black, white and milk chocolate. There are other varieties like chocolate for the cup, filling, coverture chocolate and powdered chocolate. Medical studies have shown that the darker it is the greater benefits of chocolate for our health, since black is the one that contains fewer amounts of sugars and fats, and most amount of antioxidants.
Remember that chocolate is high in calories, so excessive consumption increases the risk of obesity, if it´s not proportionally supplemented with physical activity and sport. It is for this reason that we must control the intake, trying not to exceed more than 2 ounces a day as long as we do not have any health problems, are in good physical condition and practice sport. Persons suffering from obesity, diabetes and having an overly sedentary lifestyle should avoid eating chocolate.
Among the benefits of chocolate for health we can mention: it is energizing thanks to its mix of fat and sugar; it has antioxidant as flavonoids, ascorbic acid and caffeine that prevent cell aging; it has essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, copper, potassium and phosphorus; it stimulates the release of serotonin being a neurotransmitter that helps the vascular system and influences the mood; it helps the heart and its components stoop and open arteries, helping to lower blood pressure; it protects the memory as it has theobromine, an alkaloid that stimulates the central nervous system; and finally, it improves our mood contributing to the general sense of wellbeing because it contains feniltelamine, being one of the qualities for which more is consumed.
Let´s take advantage of the benefits of chocolate for our health and our life with consciousness. From Valtrum we invite you to enjoy its delicious taste with no regrets, maintaining a balanced diet and getting enough physical activity and sport. Nature gave us this wonderful food. Learn to enjoy it with consciousness and moderation!