Yes, Its a times when Chocolates were consumed to celebrate a treat, festivity, artfully packed as an expression of love, gift or a part of enjoyment and restrict kids not to have it scared of cold and cough. Apart from all these now chocolates have been recognised as a nutritious rich diet and even non-chocolate lovers have started hunting for the best brands, all in an attempt to boost their health.
Chocolates contain over 400 different compounds. The dark Chocolates, has been found by researchers to contain polyphenolic compounds called flavanoids. These include catechins, epicatechins, procyanidins and others. Flavanoids are known for their special health benefits including antioxidant activity, preventing oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol, anti-cancer effects, lowering of blood pressure and inhibition of platelet activity and inflammation. They also boost the immune system.
The other benefits of chocolate include its mood elevating and stress relieving effects. This is because chocolate is believed to boost serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. This is largely due to the presence of substances called phenyl ethyl amine (PEA) and tyramine. The smooth “melt in the mouth” consistency (due to cocoa butter) along with caffeine may also help elevate mood. No wonder women are known to use it as a fix for their premenstrual stress!
Chocolate also provides magnesium and some iron. Magnesium is good for bones and helps control food cravings.
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