The Healing Power Of Chocolate

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Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays: chocolate bunnies and egg are popular on Easter, chocolate coins on Hanukkah, Santa Claus and other holiday symbols on Christmas, and chocolate hearts or chocolate in heart-shaped boxes on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages, to produce chocolate milk and hot chocolate

So do not be afraid to eat and enjoy chocolate, chocolate will not make you fat. Chocolate is healthy, delicious. Chocolate can always make you happy and smile. Chocolate make you forget your problems for a while :)
(source : Wikipedia and  ChocoholicsHeaven)
Chocolate is derived from the cocoa bean. Beans are removed from their pods, fermented, dried, roasted, and then made into a cocoa mass or cocoa liquor. This is then pressed to make cocoa butter and cocoa cake, which is then ground up into powder.
Cocoa is a rain forest herb, technically known as Theobroma Cacao. Cocoa has been used by indigenous tribes in South and  Central America for thousands of years. The tribes have used it to fight parasites, heal snakebites, and as a general antiseptic

Cocoa solids contain alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine, which have physiological effects on the body. It has been linked to serotonin levels in the brain. Some research found that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure. The presence of theobromine renders it toxic to some animals, especially dogs and cats.
How does chocolate heal?

Research from  University of  California,  Davis shows that eating dark chocolate boosts oxidation levels. Chocolate contains flavonoids, which are part of the group of antioxidants found in tea, red wine, and various fruits and vegetables. Increased levels of flavonoids lowers the risks of heart disease, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Eating dark chocolate also decreases LDL (bad cholesterol) oxidation and thus reduces the risks of blood clots, lowers blood pressure, and increases blood flow to the arteries.


How much chocolate to eat and what kind is best?

1 ounce of dark chocolate a day or 7 ounces per week provides the needed antioxidants. Dark chocolate, known as “bittersweet” or “semisweet” chocolates are best. These chocolates have a higher percentage of cocoa and little or no added sugar. The dark chocolate should be made from cocoa butter rather than fats like palm or coconut oils. The darker the chocolate, the more flavonoids are in the chocolate. Milk binds to antioxidants, making them unavailable, so milk chocolate is not an antioxidant source. Milk chocolate candies are pretty much just candy and don’t have nutritional value to you. Chocolates made in  Europe are generally richer in cocoa and would be good to try.
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