Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate
The melting point of chocolate is slightly below the body temperature of the human being, meaning it melts in your mouth; this is part of the pleasure of eating chocolate. The release of serotonin in the brain has also been linked to eating chocolate and is thought to produce feelings of pleasure. Heroin addicts have been shown to an elevated liking for chocolate; this may be due to the fact that it triggers the release of dopamine in the brains reinforcement system.
This is an effect not unlike the one caused by opium, even though it is legal. http://universalwebserver.com/mystory Studies in recent years seem to point to cocoa and dark chocolate possessing certain benefits to human health. A rich source of flavonoids epicatechin and gallic acid, is one of the advantages to dark chocolate with it high cocoa content, these flavonoids are thought to provide cardioprotective properties. Cocoa has significant antioxidant action, and research has shown that eating antioxidant-rich foods helps reduce damage to cells from free radicals.
Slowing down, preventing or even reversing some diseases that are caused from cellular damage, (it may even have the benefit of slowing the aging process.) It protects against LDL oxidation. (LDLs transport cholesterol to arteries and high levels of oxidation has been associated with arteriosclerosis, heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.
) Modest reductions in blood pressure and flow-mediated dilation have been shown when about 100g of dark chocolate is eaten daily. http://universalwebserver.com/mystory The Chocolate Diet was one of the fad diets, emphasizing eating chocolate and cocoa powder in capsules. But consuming milk chocolate or white chocolate, or drinking milk with dark chocolate seems to negate the benefits to human health. As a calorie-rich food high in fat content daily consumption of chocolate requires dieters to reduce calories in other foods. An increased risk of certain cancers has been shown in several population studies among those who eat sweet junk foods like chocolate, but eating flavonoid-rich dark chocolate has not been shown to affect the risk of cancer one way of another.
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