Chocolate is good for you! Read about the health benefits of quality gourmet chocolate.
There seems to be a simple rule in life: if you like it, it is bad for your health. Would this rule also apply to gourmet chocolates? More and more Scientifics disagree and are convinced about the health benefits of quality chocolate products.
The following is not a scientific essay. It is just some food for though and an excellent list of arguments in case you need to defend your addiction to Belgian chocolates. When eating our gourmet Belgian chocolates you are enjoying the following:
- Chocolates that defend your youth: Cocoa contains more antioxidants than most food. Antioxidants protect the body from the negative effects of free radicals that trigger the aging process. Most benefit is obtained from dark gourmet chocolates. The chocolate contains about 70 percent cocoa; this is about 20 percent for commercial candy bars.
- Chocolates that don’t raise cholesterol: Scientific research shows that the fat in the cocoa butter does not increase the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) as long as you have normal cholesterol levels.
- Chocolates that contain less caffeine: Coffee contains 10 times more caffeine that quality chocolate. An average cup of coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine, chocolate 10 mg.
- Chocolates that produce pleasure: Chocolate contains tryptophan, one of the building blocks for serotonin, and phenyl ethylamine. Serotonin and phenyl ethylamine are known as neurotransmitters that send chemical messages from one nerve cell to another. It’s a complex process and science hasn’t fully discovered the exact working of the brain, but the Scientifics do agree on one thing: the outcome of the use of tryptophan and phenyl ethylamine are feelings of pleasure and attraction.
- Chocolates that protect the cardiovascular system: The flavanoids in the cocoa avoid fat-like substances in the bloodstream from oxidizing and clogging the arteries. They also block blood platelets from sticking together, and have positive effects on the elasticity of the blood vessels, blood pressure and blood flow. These effects are similar to the effects of moderate consumption of red wine. Again, only gourmet chocolates will deliver these effects because they contain huge amounts of cocoa. Many commercial candy bars have sugar as main ingredient.
- Chocolates that are no pet food: Never give any kind of chocolates to your pets. Animals can not digest the theobromine in the chocolate. It is important to mention this here because some people may start to think the positive effects described above also apply to animals. They don’t.