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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chocolate Making Life Better Health

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Chocolate is the food that much preferable. Imagine when chewed or sipping a glass of hot chocolate or enjoy a chocolate tart with a layer would make a lot of people can not wait to do it. Not just as a snack for kids, but chocolate also enjoyed many adults. In fact, chocolate is often used as a gift for someone dear. Why is chocolate considered a sign of love someone? Any substance contained in chocolate so that these foods have a lot of the audience? Whether chocolate is dangerous for health food?

history of Chocolate

Botanists agree that chocolate or cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao) is grown in the Amazon and Orinoco basin in South America for thousands of years ago. Mayans who first cultivate cacao trees. This habit is also taken when they moved to the plains of Yucatan. Aztec nation then introduce a bitter chocolate as a beverage. Cocoa beans mixed with corn or grapes that have been fermented and then presented in a cup made ​​of gold. Aztec emperors named Montezuma has a habit of drinking more than 50 cups of chocolate chocolate per day.

The Spanish colonists named Hernán Cortés (1485-1547) when colonized the region at first interested in the gold cup chocolate drink than it is. But he also observed that for the Nation Aztecs, cocoa or chocolate beans are also used as money. Therefore, he immediately set up some cacao plantations. Plantation known as "brown gold" is growing and the results favored, so that Spain controls trade chocolate in the 18th century. Then the chocolate was introduced to mainland Europe and made a cake mix ingredients.

In the mid-19th century, the Swiss started to develop and market chocolate as a snack. So brown that used only as a drink later evolved into snacks that can melt on the tongue. Switzerland also became famous as the best chocolate producing countries.

Then the smart entrepreneurs like Hershey, Kohler, Lindt, Nestlé, Peter, Suchard and Tobler-names they became famous chocolate brands today-made ​​a great contribution for the chocolate industry. They found the engine more efficient processing of cocoa and chocolate processing methods to find better.

Chocolate Passion Sex and Symbol for Love

The reason why many people give chocolate to someone dear is that chocolate is often regarded as the food of love. This is because chocolate has a texture that is soft and will melt slowly in your mouth when dikulum. It gives a sensual impression for people who eat it. Additionally, chocolate can give the effect comfortably, relaxed and can enhance sexual arousal.

Sense of comfort after enjoying the chocolate is not just a feeling, because chocolate contains a substance that enables hundreds of chemical reactions in the brain. Substances that stimulate active serotonin in the brain which in turn will trigger a feeling of comfort someone. In addition, most substances contained in chocolate is theobromine that can stimulate nerve tissue and the heart that makes us awake and excited. This effect can also be obtained from the caffeine in coffee or tea. Another benefit of theobromine is able to relieve cough.

Also contained phenylethylamine which helps the absorption in the brain and produces dopamine, which will lead to feelings of joy, increase the sense of interest and can lead to feelings of love. That is another reason why chocolate is often given as a gift of love.

Benefits of Chocolate for Health

Chocolate containing cocoa (cocoa beans) more than 70% also have benefits for health, because chocolate is rich in antioxidant content of phenols and flavonoids. With the presence of antioxidants, will be able to capture free radicals in the body. The amount of antioxidant is even 3 times more than green tea, a beverage that has been often regarded as a source of antioxidants.

With the presence of antioxidants, making the chocolate into a health drink. Phenols, an antioxidant capable of reducing cholesterol in the blood so it can reduce the risk of heart attack are also useful to prevent cancer in the body, preventing the occurrence of stroke and high blood pressure. Besides the fat content in chocolate high quality proven cholesterol-free and does not clog arteries.

Chocolate also contains several vitamins that are useful to the body such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. In addition, chocolate also contains substances or nutrients that are essential to the body such as iron, potassium and calcium. Cocoa itself is the highest natural source of magnesium. If someone magnesium deficiency, can cause hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, joint pain and problems of woman's monthly pre-menstrual (PMS). By eating chocolate will add daily nutritional intake of magnesium in causing increased levels of progesterone in women. This reduces the negative effects of PMS.

Chocolate for Beauty

Other benefits of chocolate is for beauty, because antioxidants and catechins present in it can prevent premature aging, so do not be surprised if at this time developed a very good chocolate body scrub for your skin.

The Healthiest Chocolate Types

Many types of chocolate available in the market. There are expensive, some are cheap. What are the differences? Here is a comparison type of chocolate and benefits of each.

  • Dark Chocolate
    Dark Chocolate contains cocoa bean (cocoa) the highest of at least 70% containing cocoa. Dark chocolate contains cocoa or chocolate beans ever, without a lot of sugar and no saturated fat or hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO).

  • White Chocolate
    While white chocolate only has 33% content of chocolate or cocoa, the rest is sugar, milk and vanilla. The content of this sugar that can give negative effects, such as tooth decay and diabetes.

  • Chocolate Milk or Chocolate Milk
    Milk chocolate or milk chocolate is cocoa mixed with milk and sugar added. This type of chocolate is also very popular because it tastes delicious.

Beware if Consuming Any Chocolate

Mistakes are often made ​​at the time of choosing is choosing chocolate brown "branded" a cheap or very cheap. Thus have a cocoa content chocolate (cocoa beans) which is an average slightly less than 20%, some even less than 7%. This type of chocolate also contain high sugar, high saturated fat content and other vices such as hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) which causes tooth decay and health problems like diabetes.

Other chocolate products are also dangerous and bad for health, especially in the form of fondant (usually used to decorate cakes) and praline. Actually contains 100% fondant and praline sweeteners as well as bad.

Wherever possible choose brown with a little sugar content so you can enjoy the great benefits that have chocolate. You will feel the benefits if you eat chocolate with cocoa content chocolates and nuts are high. Enjoy your chocolate!

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