If you're a fan of chocolate you're in good company. Chocolate is one of most popular sweet-tasting treats in world and has been for centuries. But part of myth surrounding chocolate is that it tastes so good it must be bad for your health. Which gives it an air of forbidden.
A beautifully wrapped box of chocolates has always been considered a very romantic gift. So if special person in your life is a self-confessed chocoholic, you know one surefire way to please them on special occasions. But surprising news from scientific community is that this reputedly decadent treat actually has some health benefits, especially if you choose your chocolate wisely.
Is Chocolate A Health Food?
Chocolate contains over 300 chemicals, and has been subject of a number of studies by universities and other scientific organizations. Here's a quick rundown of results. We have no way of proving or disproving these claims so we offer them here as a stimulus for further research. If you're really interested in subject, this may provide you with a starting point.
* Cacao, source of chocolate, contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. Of course this is counteracted by high sugar content of milk chocolate.
* The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation.
* Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, a mild mood elevator.
* The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat which may raise good cholesterol.
* Drinking a cup of hot chocolate before meals may actually diminish appetite.
* Men who eat chocolate live a year longer than those who don't.
* The flavanoids in chocolate may help keep blood vessels elastic.
* Chocolate increases antioxidant levels in blood.
* Mexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites.