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May 05, 2021

The benefits of chocolate

Is chocolate more good or bad?

The benefits of dark chocolate particularly, start as soon as you bite the first bite. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a compound that has been dubbed the "medicine of love" because it creates vibrations in the brain similar to those created when someone is in love.

Dark chocolate with at least 85% cocoa is the one that increases the production of hormones that help in a good mood and reduces stress and the feeling of depression. Consumption of chocolate improves blood flow to the brain, heart, and lungs and leads to lower blood pressure when consumed periodically throughout the day.

Dark chocolate differs from the others because it contains minimal added sugar. This means that overall it has a better nutritional value thanks to the antioxidants found in cocoa.

Dark chocolate is rich in:

  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorus
  • Flavanols

White chocolate also increases dopamine levels in the brain, but it is not as effective as dark chocolate. Chocolate also has long-term benefits.

Research has shown that consuming up to 100 grams of dark chocolate each day may be associated with a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. It is also said that its consumption helps reduce bad LDL cholesterol.

So the next time you eat chocolate, do not feel so guilty, it's good!

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