World Chocolate Day: 5 amazing health benefits of eating chocolate
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: Today on World Chocolate Day. It is also known as the International chocolate day observed on July 7th is all about celebrating one of the best creations of humankind- Chocolate. The silky, rich and smooth taste of chocolate has the power to unite our entire race, that can swear by it. Chocolates are not only one of the most delicious and versatile foods available to us but also pack loads of health benefits. World chocolate day celebrates this delicious, healthy and irreplaceable treat! .
Let us talk about everyone's beloved, chocolates. The earliest usage of chocolate dates back to civilization in Mesoamerica, called the Olmec civilization. However, the popularity of chocolates reached heights after the discovery of the Americas by the Europeans. Chocolate is made of cocoa beans that are obtained from cocoa trees, the growth of which primarily takes place near the Equator in the tropical areas. The world is celebrating World Chocolate Day on July 7 - but are you?
The guilt associated with the consumption of even a minimal amount of chocolate has restricted a lot of people from eating chocolates even when they want to. Over time, it has gained a bad reputation associated with its effect on health. Due to its sugar and fat content, it has been linked to health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, weight gain, acne, etc. However, the benefits of chocolates, especially dark chocolates, often go unnoticed due to the popular misinterpretation of its nutritional value. Break your misconception by reading about the benefits of chocolates:
High nutritional value: Chocolates contain an adequate amount of soluble fibre and minerals. It contains magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, potassium, selenium, phosphorous, and zinc. It also has little amounts of caffeine content but it is not enough to make you stay up at night.
Advantageous for fetal development and growth: According to a study, consumption of about 30g of chocolate every day during pregnancy proved to be advantageous for the development and growth of the fetus. The study was presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
Rich source of antioxidants: Chocolates have antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, etc, that prove to be extremely beneficial for the body.
Lowers risk of heart disease: According to a research published in The BMJ, the risk of development of heart disease is lowered by one third due to the consumption of chocolate. This is because the compounds present in chocolate are protective against (low-density lipoprotein) LDL's oxidation. This prevents the lodging of cholesterol in the arteries thereby lowering the risk of developing heart disease.
Improves blood pressure and blood flow: The simulation of endothelium takes place that simulates the production of nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide helps to lower the resistance to blood flow, thereby reducing blood pressure.
When consumed in moderation, chocolates may not harm the body. So go have a piece because just like everyone else, you deserve good things too. You deserve chocolates.
Happy World Chocolate Day 2020!