Is chocolate good for you? Discover the health benefits of this incredible food!

Chocolate is one of those universal foods, found in most of the world’s cultures. If you’re like me, you LOVE the taste, texture, aroma, and stimulating effects that chocolate has on the senses. And, without a doubt, if you are reading this article you have some interest in this incredible cocoa bean. Chocolate is found in virtually all types of desserts, candies, and packaged food products. But there’s nothing like making your own chocolate at home from scratch. It can be an enjoyable way to spend time with your children, as you undertake the project together and share the delights of your creation at the end. Homemade chocolate doesn’t compare to the store-bought variety. You can put the most important ingredient of all, your love and care!

Also, making your own chocolate is a way to control the ingredients that go into it. Personally, I prefer to use high-quality organic cocoa powder that retains more of the nutritional qualities that straight chocolate is known for. Yes, that’s right, chocolate is good for you! This is especially the case when you eat chocolate closer to its natural state with minimal processing. There are, of course, low-quality chocolate bars and fancy desserts that use chocolate as an ingredient, but these kinds of chocolaty foods really can’t be considered health foods by any stretch of the imagination. Like any food rich in nutrients and health benefits, minimal processing is required for positive results. When you eat high-quality chocolate, but do eat it in cakes and cakes, you should do so in moderation if you want to maintain a fit and physically active body.

Chocolate Health Benefits:

~ High Antioxidant Content: It is one of the highest sources of antioxidants of any known food, helping to counteract the effects of dangerous free radicals. They are one of the superfoods used to promote a long and happy life.

~Makes you feel good – releases certain neurotransmitters and phytochemicals that activate the emotion of “high”, which elevate the mood.

~Good for the heart – Does not raise cholesterol, in fact it “opens the heart”. Through its combination of anadamide, trypothophan, serotonin, and phenylethylamine (PEA) compounds, chocolate gives a “falling in love” feeling. In addition, it contains theobromine, which favors the dilation of the blood and the cardiovascular system.

~Energizes – Although cocoa is not a high source of caffeine, it does contain minor amounts comparable to decaffeinated coffee. Raw chocolate is an excellent delivery vehicle for herbs and other nutrients when mixed into a shake or drink.

~ Contains high amounts of magnesium – This alkaline mineral is commonly deficient in most people and could be part of the reason women with PMS crave chocolate.

~High in other nutrients: Cocoa itself contains a number of minerals including: iron, zinc, vitamin C, copper, manganese, and chromium. It is also high in fiber and Omega fatty acids.

When you eat high-quality chocolate closer to its natural state, you’ll find that you only need a small amount before you have enough. This is because your body is nutritionally satisfied and fills you up, so you don’t need to worry about overindulging! The cause of most food-related health problems is usually due to overeating a particular food. So yes, eat chocolate and think of creative ways to use it in its purest form, but, like any food, be careful not to overdo it, especially when it comes to other decadent ingredients.

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