Chocolate: friend or enemy of our health?


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Chocolate

Choco = chocolate

Chocolate : has long been known for its high content of flavanols, a naturally occurring compound found in many plant foods including fruits, vegetables, wine and tea. These particular flavanols have a positive effect on the circulatory system, which transports blood through the body. They help to maintain flexibility of the arteries, a key part in heart health, and also act as antioxidants to fight off damaging free radicals.

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Most authors attribute the benefits of choco to their flavanols, which are thought to improve endothelial function and increase blood flow to the brain, among other effects.

However, there are other active compounds in chocolate, include peptides that interact with the opioid receptor. The opioid receptor has a role in circadian rhythms, which is one reason low-dose naltrexone (which blocks opioid function at night) works. It’s possible that eating choco during the day may support circadian rhythms via opioid receptor stimulation, especially if the peptides can reach the systemic circulation.

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Dark chocolate may help improve cholesterol levels, according to a study published in the « Journal of the American Dietetic Association » in 2006. Another study, published in the « American Journal of Clinical Nutrition » in 2005 found that chocolate may also improve blood sugar control and blood pressure. However, not all types provide equal benefits, and there are also disadvantages to eating even the healthier dark choco.

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DISADVANTAGES:

The wonderful and enticing feeling of a person in eating chocolate has their disadvantages. But the craving for chocolate deserves only a single bite of choco. Even there are choco that are low in fat and calories; still it has oils that can transfer the fat to the heart. Therefore, a chocolate lover should look unto the label first.

  • Dark choco are high on calories with high fat and sugar.
  • It contains some elements that have addictive properties such as caffeine, theobromine, and sugar which results in mood elevating and also contains phenethylamine which releases endorphin in the brain.
  • It also contains vasoactive amines that lead to migraine problems.
  • Dilates the vessels of the brain.
  • Moreover, it has high quantity of arginine which is a necessity in the replication of the virus herpes. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid dark choco especially those who have recurring and active herpes infection.

The dose should not be exceeded

Eating too much choco in one sitting is not good for the body. Most of the people that enjoyed that sweet taste of chocolate makes a person leave into a mouthwatering state whenever they just saw a chocolate. The recommended amount of serving for each person is a maximum of 7 ounces per week or an average of 1 ounce a day.

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