Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Living Healthy With Chocolate

The Living Healthy With Chocolate

Next time you eat a piece of chocolate, you may not have to feel overly guilty about it.

Despite its bad reputation for causing weight gain, there are a number of health benefits associated with this delicious treat.
Chocolate is made from tropical Theobroma cacao tree seeds. The earliest use of chocolate dates back to the Olmec civilization in Mesoamerica.

After the discovery of the Americas, chocolate became very popular in Europe, and its demand exploded.
Chocolate has since become an incredibly popular food product that millions indulge in everyday for its unique, rich, and sweet taste.
But what effects does eating chocolate have on our health?
The potential health benefits of chocolate Dark chocolate Throughout the years, chocolate has been on the end of a lot of bad press because of its fat content, and its consumption has been associated with acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and diabetes.
However, "the recent discovery of biologically active phenolic compounds in cocoa has changed this perception and stimulated research on its effects in ageing, oxidative stress, blood pressure regulation, and atherosclerosis.

Today, chocolate is lauded for its tremendous antioxidant potential.

The potential benefits of eating chocolate are said to include: lowering cholesterol levels, preventing cognitive decline, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Chocolate may lower cholesterol levels

Chocolate may prevent memory decline

Chocolate may prevent stroke

Risks and precautions
Chocolate has a high caloric count, which contain large amounts of sugar. Therefore, if you are trying to lose weight or maintain your weight, you can be a good idea to set a limit on the consumption of chocolate. The large amount of sugar in most chocolates can also be a cause of dental caries.

In addition, there is research that suggests that chocolate can cause poor bone structure and osteoporosis.

A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was conducted to identify the relationship between chocolate consumption and bone density in older women.

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