Chocolate is such a delightful thing that brings happiness of mind no matter what is situation is, so it is perhaps the best gift to everyone irrespective of age groups. A sad face may turn into a brighter one with a chocolate and that is rewarding. The main ingredient of chocolate is cocoa bean which is enriched with some essential antioxidants and mineral deposits. These properties are very useful to reduce depressions or sadness that we normally suffer from. Chocolates are normally mixed with sugar, milk and butter which make them tastier and that wonderful taste and added flavors make chocolates a heart’s delight.
If we look back to history then we will find that the existence of dark chocolates is quite older than expected. Around 2000 years ago it used to get mixed with beverages and people used to enjoy the bitter taste as well but the recipe for consuming the dark chocolates have been changed over the years. Dark chocolates are basically healthier as it contains less sugar and less milk. It has become the craze of teenagers and children at the present time.
Dr Vaishali Verma, consultant dietitian and diabetes educator says, “Cocoa is one of the richest sources of polyphones. It’s especially abundant in flavanols, which have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
Let's explore the benefits of dark chocolate-
Reduces blood pressure: The compound, named flavonols present in cocoa, helps to improve nitric oxide levels in the blood. This can improve the functioning of your blood vessels and reduce blood pressure.
Improves your mood: The positive effects on mood may be due to cocoa’s flavanols. The conversion of tryptophan to the natural mood stabiliser serotonin, its caffeine content or simply the sensory pleasure of eating chocolate.
Reduces the risk of neurodegenerative disease: Polyphenols Improve Blood Flow to Your Brain and Brain Function Several studies have found that polyphenols, such as those in cocoa, may reduce your risk of neurodegenerative diseases by improving brain function and blood flow.
Improves brain health: Flavanols can cross the blood-brain barrier and are involved in the biochemical pathways that produce neurons and important molecules for the function of your brain.
Can make you happy: Consuming dark chocolates in an accurate amount also boosts your mood and makes you feel happy. By producing a happy hormone known as endorphin.
Consuming chocolates more than a need can also show negative effects on the body. One may experience obesity and insulin resistance. Dr Vaishali explains, “the perfect recommendation is 15 -20 grams, per day. an individual must consume it in dividing portions, throughout the day for maximum benefit. For example, you can have one cube of chocolate at one time."