Saturday, March 21, 2009

Chocolate – Health Benefits

Chocolate (Stock.xchng)
It’s a delight to melt a piece of chocolate in the mouth. It is also a great feeling to know that we can find so many health benefits in a piece of chocolate. Here are some of the goodness:


1. Brain Stimulator: Whenever you eat a piece of chocolate you have a pleasant feeling because it stimulates endorphin production, In addition it contains serotonin which is an anti-depressant. You can also find other substances like theobromine and caffeine which are stimulants.

2. Anticancer: Dark chocolate which is made from cocoa beans contains antioxidants that have been shown to combat cell damage that can lead to tumor growth.

3. Reduce blood pressure: People with high blood pressure can reduce blood pressure by eating a small amount of chocolate every day.

4. Good for your heart: A daily consumption of a small amount of chocolate is possible to lower the risk of a heart attack. Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol).

5. Cough: According to research chocolate may be effective at prevent persistent coughing. The presence of theobromine in chocolate is found to be almost one third more effective than codeine, the leading cough medicine. Chocolate also seems to soothe and moisten the throat


Chocolate may be good for your health but it is recommended that it is eaten moderately because it is a calorie-dense food that is rich in factory-added fat and sugar.

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