“Food of the gods”
Yes! That is CHOCOLATE. Since ancient times chocolate is considered as something divine as well as ecstatic. Chocolates are made from Cacao beans. Since the ancient times Cacao beans has been considered as very luxurious and expensive food that has various ceremonial and medicinal purposes. According to Chloe Doutre-Roussel’s book , The Chocolate Connoisseur , both the Mayans and Aztecs believed that the cacao bean had magical and divine, properties which was suitable for use in the most sacred rituals of birth, marriage and death.
Do you know for a long time, dark chocolate drinks recipe was kept under the Spanish royalty hands?
With the availability to everyone, chocolate production became innovative with varieties of chocolates. Among those varieties of chocolates, fine chocolates are of three types. They are:
- Dark chocolate
- Milk chocolate
- White chocolate
Dark chocolate Vs Milk chocolate and White chocolate
- Dark chocolate has chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, lecithin, sugar and vanilla.
- Milk chocolate has cocoa solids, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, lecithin, sugar and vanilla. Plus it has milk fats and milk solids.
- White chocolate contains cocoa butter, edible vegetable fat which has cocoa aroma and flavor. It also has sugar, vanilla and milk in it.
Dark Chocolate Nutritional Facts
1 piece (1 oz) dark chocolate consists of:
- 170 Calories
- 12.1 g total fat
- 1mg cholesterol
- 6mg sodium
- 13g total carbs
- 2.2gm protein
- 20.7 mg calcium
- 203.1mg potassium
Which One Is Best For Health?
Dark chocolates have higher percentage of cocoa solids ranging from 30% to 80%. Due to this, the original and raw taste of chocolate can be tasted in it. In addition to that, dark chocolates are proven to have many health benefits.
Ok! Let’s not wait anymore and talk about amazing benefits of dark chocolate.
Good for heart
Many studies have suggested that eating dark chocolate more than 5 times per week lowers the risk of heart disease by 57%. The compound called flavanols can be found in dark chocolate. Flavanols helps people with high blood pressure and increases blood flow to the heart as well as the brain. On top of that, flavanols and also the magnesium found in dark chocolate lessen the risk of blood clots and stroke.
Improves brain function
The function of brain elevates as consumption of dark chocolate not only improves the blood flow to the heart but also to brain. Studies have shown that dark chocolates help to ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as it is loaded with antioxidants called flavonols. According to the neuroscientists Professor Michele Ferrara and Valentia Socci, who are based at the University of L’Aquila, central Italy, flavanols found in the dark chocolates improves the cognitive performance. They state,
“Regular intake of cocoa and chocolate could indeed provide beneficial effects on cognitive functioning over time.”
Basically, dark chocolates help in proper functioning of the brain. Next time, when you have to concentrate, have a piece of dark chocolate.
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Increases erotic desires
Dark chocolates are famous for improving sex life as it contains L-arginine, an amino acid that can be a potent natural sex-enhancer. Yes! Except heart and brain, dark chocolates also increases blood flow to sexual organs adding sensation, satisfaction, and desire. Do you know that there is something called “romance chemical”? Yes, there is, it is called phenylethylamine and dark chocolate is a rich source of it.
Lowers blood pressure
Falavanols and magnesium found in dark chocolates helps to lower the blood pressure lowering the risks of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and dementia.
Protects skin from sun
Not only eating dark chocolate but applying it on the skin is also beneficial. Flavanols maintains the hydration of the skin by increasing the blood flow to the skin, protecting your skin from suntan. In addition to that it improves overall skin health by breaking down the collagen and reducing stress hormones. Find out more natural cures of sunburn on our Natural Sunburn Cures | Protect Your Skin During Summer
So How Much Dark Chocolate Should One Eat?
Although, dark chocolate has many health benefits, we should not ignore the fact that we should not indulge any form of the chocolate to our heart’s content. Professionals advise to consume an ounce of dark chocolate a few times per week. Whenever you are buying chocolates, make sure to choose the dark chocolate with higher cacao percent.