Benefits of Chocolate
Chocolate is manufactured from tropical Theobroma cacao tree seeds. The known use of chocolates dates to ancient Olmec civilization in Mesoamerica. Post discovery of continent of Americas, chocolates slowly and gradually made entry into Europe and subsequently to rest of the world. Today, chocolates have become one of the popular food products, and methods of production have also undergone transformation. Eating chocolates has positive effects on our health. Here are the natural benefits of chocolates:
- Chocolates are rich in anti-oxidants, and one of the food products that most likely thwart the activity of cancerous cells.
- Chocolate bars with plant sterols (PS) and cocoa flavanols (CF) have proven effective in lowering cholesterol levels and controlling blood pressure.
- Drinking two full cups of hot chocolate every day is useful in keeping memory sharp and brain healthy.
- Chocolate helps in increasing blood flow to brain and plays prominent role in neurovascular coupling.
- Appropriate levels of consumption of chocolate will substantially reduce the risk of cardio-metabolic disorders.
- Study by Canadian scientists have proven that regular consumption of chocolates help in preventing stroke;
- Studies have also suggested that chocolate consumption is beneficial to prevent the occurrence of diabetes, obesity.
- Dark chocolates are beneficial in augmenting the walking ability for PAD patients.