>> Sep 17, 2016
Chocolates are a delight to almost everyone. It is very unlikely that you can refuse one. They are made from the commonly called cocoa beans, which are the seeds of cocoa tree flowers. Being an ardent fan of chocolates, I can say that it is surely antidote to you stress. The first solid chocolate was made by a British company named J.S. Fry & Sons in 1847 and from then started the history of the present day chocolates commercially available.
The raw form of chocolate is quite bitter because of the polyphenoles that are present in it. The history of chocolate goes back to the Olmec civilization, and it has become one of the most craved foods today. It is made in form of liquid, paste or block and even powdered form to add flavours and even garnish other food too. Chocolate contains certain very important compounds such as flavonoids, alkaloids, theobromine, phenylalanine, bromine. They are so loved by all individuals of all ages that it has become a custom nowadays to send each other chocolate by post on occasions such as Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Valentine’s Day, and different family occasions.
Benefits of chocolate consumption
- Want to live a little longer? - Then chocolate is what you should not leave out of your diet. Studies by researchers at Harvard University studied about 8,000 individuals for 65 years found out that people who consumed chocolates up to 3 times a month lived about a year longer than people had none. This was because of the polyphenols present in it, which prevents the oxidation of cholesterol.
- Is it a stress buster? - They are said to be to be the best alleviators of your stress. This is because of the valeric acid content, which is a tranquiliser and a relaxant. They are also pain relievers because of the sugar content in it. This is thought to be because it increases the endorphin and serotonin level in the brain.They are also said to slow down brain waves and that calms us down.
- Does it help your heart? - Recent study in Norfolk showed that people eating two bars of chocolate a day have a slightly lower risk of stroke than people who rarely eat.
- Digestion problems? - Lactose intolerant people show a reduction in cramping and diarrhoea when they drink milk with one and a half tea-spoon of cocoa added to the cup. This is so because researchers say that chocolates stimulate the activity of lactase enzyme which is responsible for the digestion of lactose, the milk sugar.
- Suffering from loss of appetite?- Chocolates contain cannabinoid, which affects the hypothalamus in the brain that is involved in hunger control. So next time you are not feeling like eating, make sure that you gulp in a chocolate to boost your appetite.
- Does it benefit nervous system? - Epicatechin, a flavonoid in cocoa is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property that helps in shielding the nerve cells from damage.
The next time you are feasting on delicious chocolate dishes or chocolate bars do not feel guilty or preferably you should waste no time and start for the nearest store or even order chocolate online. I am off to get my one!