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Is chocolate healthy for you?

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Is chocolate healthy for youThe big question of “is chocolate healthy for you” well it does have quite a few advantages . Chocolate contains large amounts of physiologically active substances – theobromine and caffeine. They stimulate the cardiovascular and nervous systems. The chocolate enhances mood by stimulating the production of the hormone serotonin, which brings us joy and happiness. Moreover, moderate amounts of chocolate  have a soothing effect on the body.
Advantages: chocolate stimulates the nervous and cardiovascular system and protects against the harmful effects of free radicals.
Disadvantages : chocolate leads to agitation before bedtime and can cause headaches.
It contains a large amount of polyphenols – flavonoids, whose quantity in one block chocolate razvnyavat five apples, four cups of tea or two glasses of red wine.
The flavonoids prevent the deposition of plaques in blood vessel walls and thus prevent stroke and heart attack. Another type of information contained in chocolate polyphenols are catechins. They are powerful antioxidants, ie help the body to fight free radicals. In chocolate content is several times higher than in green tea, which until recently was considered the leader in content of catechins (53 mg per 100 g to 14 g in 100 ml).
The substances contained in cocoa butter are stearic acid (70%) lower levels of blood cholesterol.

To harmful ingredients of chocolate should refer tannin. It can cause headaches in people with already narrowed due to deposition blood vessels and the use of chocolate before bedtime can cause insomnia and untimely cheerfulness. One feature – since all of the positive qualities of chocolate are due to that contained in cocoa beans, opting for a maximum content of cocoa. This is as hot chocolate, in which the amount of cocoa should be at least 70%. And another thing – in chocolate should not be any other fat, except that of cocoa butter

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