Bitter chocolate the benefits and harms
For many years it was believed that chocolate is one of the most harmful sweets. This product has been accused of negative effects on the liver, teeth and nervous system,
chocolate was considered to be the cause of skin rashes and excess weight.
Over time, however, scientists have found that sweet milk chocolate and bitter varieties of this delicacy with high cocoa content are very different from each other.
And if milk chocolate due to the high sugar content is really harmful to teeth and pancreas, with bitter chocolate.
First, this product has the unique ability to improve mood. Know that almost all the sweet tooth, preferring to eat life's problems with a slice or two of chocolate.
In cocoa products contains the substance theobromine, which helps in the production of pleasure hormones – endorphins.
And the level of stress hormone cortisol as a result of eating chocolate, on the contrary, decreases. Because of that, a bit of chocolate is a recognized tool for cheerfulness, good mood and inspiration.
Secondly, the cocoa is rich in magnesium, iron, fluorine, phosphorus, calcium and vitamins. Thanks to that chocolate increases efficiency, helps to concentrate, helps strengthen bone tissue.
However, vitamin-mineral complexes is much more efficient from this point of view, but chocolate is, without a doubt, delicious.
Thirdly, theobromine supports the tone of the heart muscle, and the flavonoids found in cocoa products, improve circulation and prevent blood clots.
Antioxidants, are also abundantly found in chocolate, strengthen the immune system.
Fourthly, dark chocolate has a low glycemic index and has a positive impact not the pancreas, reducing the risk of developing diabetes.
Fifthly, for the teeth dark chocolate is not only not harmful, but even beneficial due to its antiseptic properties. Eating dark chocolate prevents the appearance of plaque on the teeth.
Sixthly, bitter chocolate is an excellent tool for energy recovery, including post-workout. It will help to cope with fatigue.
The dangers of chocolate
It may seem that chocolate is so useful product that you can only eat them. Of course, it is not.
Some chocolate at all is contraindicated: cocoa is a strong allergen, and for many it causes intolerance.
Also, you can't have chocolate in some diseases of the digestive tract, liver and gallbladder.
Chocolate is addictive. This dependence is psychological - bright chocolate taste so good that many fans of this delicacy seem tasteless other products, chocolate contains.
As a result of chocolate I want more and more, which, of course, is not good for health.
Large quantities of chocolate promotes fullness. This product is one of the most nutritious. In one tile at a whopping 550 calories and over 50 grams of fat.
And although the fat, this is useful cocoa butter, abuse them to anything good will not: eaten tiles will settle on the hips, abdomen, thighs and other "problem" areas.
Those who want to lose weight, it is better not to abuse chocolate. A couple of slices of bitter treats per day is sufficient. Favorite chocolate flavor you can treat yourself by preparing the drink of non-fat cocoa powder with low fat milk.
You can use unsweetened cocoa powder for cooking other dishes. Their taste will not be as bright as with natural chocolate, but the calories will be much less.