This article will make your life happy. We have always thought that we should not abuse chocolate because it causes cavities and is a source of fats that terrify us all. In part, this is all true, but you have to know what kind and how to eat it.
Pay attention because cocoa could help you if you suffer from intestinal problems or stress. It will also help you stay young, prevent diabetes and, ultimately, make your life happier. Today we teach you 22 reasons why chocolate is a beneficial food what you should know:
- 1. Chocolate reduces pain caused by peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- 2. Allowing the chocolate to melt in your mouth causes a more intense and lasting pleasure than kisses
- 3. Chocolate protects us from the sun
- 4. It is an energy booster of confidence
- 5. The Catholic Church once associated chocolate with heretical conduct, including blasphemy, extortion, witchcraft, and seduction.
- 6. Makes you feel better
- 7. Chocolate makes you smarter
- 8. Eating chocolate can help prevent tooth decay and works as an antibacterial agent.
- 9. Helps us recover after a hard workout
- 10. In the Mayan civilization, cocoa beans were used as currency
- 11. Supports longer life
- 12. Lasts forever (in the right conditions)
- 13. It can give you a superhero vision
- 14. Chocolate helps prevent diabetes
- 15. It's great for the heart (and not just on Valentine's Day)
- 16. Chocolate helps you lose weight
- 17. Chocolate makes mothers happier
- 18. Chocolate relieves intestinal problems
- 19. Moisturizes and softens the skin, which is why it is used in a lot of beauty products
- 20. Increase libido
- 21. Chocolate relieves cough
- 22. It keeps us young
1. Chocolate reduces pain caused by peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
In addition to increasing pleasure, chocolate also reduces pain for these patients. In this study, patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a disease that produces severe pain when walking any distance, for any length of time, consumed 40 grams of 85% cocoa chocolate. After just two hours, they were able to significantly increase both their distance and walking speed..
2. Allowing the chocolate to melt in your mouth causes a more intense and lasting pleasure than kisses
In 2007, researchers at the University of Sussex monitored the heart rates and brain waves of 20 couples as they kissed. Afterwards, they repeated the process when they ate chocolate. In both cases, the melting of chocolate in the mouth triggered a more intense reaction.
3. Chocolate protects us from the sun
People who eat chocolate high in flavonoids have a lower risk of getting a sunburn.
4. It is an energy booster of confidence
Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, both of which will boost your energy levels. The darker the chocolate, the more energy you get. And unlike those sugary energy drinks, chocolate won't lead to a crash a couple of hours later..
5. The Catholic Church once associated chocolate with heretical conduct, including blasphemy, extortion, witchcraft, and seduction.
Apparently the chocolate was so good it was bad.
6. Makes you feel better
The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which induce relaxation. In addition, if eaten, it causes a release of additional endorphins (natural opiates), which illuminate the pleasure centers of the brain, by increasing serotonin levels.
7. Chocolate makes you smarter
Eating or drinking high-flavonoid chocolate can help the brain's blood flow for a good two to three hours after consumption. A test also showed that people who ate diets rich in flavonoids performed better on tests than people who did not..
8. Eating chocolate can help prevent tooth decay and works as an antibacterial agent.
In 2000, Japanese scientists discovered that chocolate was less detrimental to dental health than many other sweet foods, as the antibacterial agents in cocoa beans offset their high sugar levels.
9. Helps us recover after hard training
In a small study conducted at Indiana University, cyclists who drank chocolate milk after a workout had less fatigue and performed better on endurance tests than those who had a sports drink.
10. In the Mayan civilization, cocoa beans were used as currency
Often the price of goods was set in units of cocoa: a slave cost 100 beans, the services of a prostitute cost 10 beans, and a turkey cost 20 beans. Because of their value, the cocoa beans were forged from painted clay.
11. Supports longer life
A study published by the British Medical Journal found that participants who ate sweets between one and three times a month had lower death rates than those who did not, possibly due to the antioxidants in chocolate..
12. Lasts forever (in the right conditions)
A Hershey chocolate bar was discovered in Admiral Richard Byrd's legendary hideout at the South Pole. Despite being frozen for 60 years, it was still edible.
13. It can give you a superhero vision
Eating a large piece of dark chocolate can help you see better in low-contrast situations, according to a study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior..
14. Chocolate helps prevent diabetes
That sounds counterintuitive, doesn't it? Well it is not. A recent study showed that people who ate a bar of dark chocolate each day found that their potential for insulin resistance had plummeted. Flavonoids in chocolate help improve insulin sensitivity.
15. It's great for the heart (and not just on Valentine's Day)
Dark chocolate contains a large amount of antioxidants that help the cardiovascular system to lower blood pressure. Eating dark chocolate widens your arteries and promotes healthy blood flow, which can prevent plaque build-up that blocks your arteries. Some say it can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 33%.
16. Chocolate helps you lose weight
A study conducted at the University of Copenhagen found that eating dark chocolate fills us up and helps control cravings for other sweet, salty and fatty foods, thus protecting our healthy eating plans.
17. Chocolate makes mothers happier
Mothers who ate chocolate every day during pregnancy were able to handle the stress of parenting better than mothers who never ate chocolate.
18. Chocolate relieves intestinal problems
Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute found that flavonoids work with a protein that regulates the small intestine.
19. Moisturizes and softens the skin, which is why it is used in a lot of beauty products
20. Increase libido
According to a study by Italian researchers, women who eat chocolate usually have a better sex life than those who do not. They also had higher levels of desire, arousal and satisfaction in their sexual relationships.
21. Chocolate relieves cough
A study also showed that chocolates have the same cough-relieving powers as codeine, and without any of its negative effects..
22. It keeps us young
Dark chocolate contains considerable amounts of disease-fighting flavonoids. Antioxidants are also found in red wine and many fruits and vegetables. In fact, it seems to have more flavonoids than any other food..
This is all spectacular news, right? Although it is not all good news, there is one big caveat: not all chocolate is healthy. The healthiest chocolate of all is dark and with at least 70 percent cocoa.