Contrary to common beliefs, chocolate is not unhealthy, actually, far from it! That being said, most chocolate does have sugar, and excessive consumption is not advised, although this can be said for most things in life. Chocolate is obtained from beans from the cocoa tree; these tiny seeds are located on small trees in Central America. These beans are then fermented, roasted, and then dried to become cocoa butter. The cocoa butter can be used to create different types of chocolate, and the characteristics and type will depend on how much sugar, spices, and milk is added. During this transition, many minerals will be lost along the way.
One thing is certain, and that’s the fact that chocolate contains vitamin B, vitamin E, polyphenols, and other antioxidants. These anti-aging substances are valuable to our health, and important allies in fighting against premature aging. Chocolate also is rich in magnesium, potassium, and iron and contains bromide tea, which is a bitter alkaloid in the same family as coffee. It is a cardio stimulant and a vasodilator, which is very beneficial for the cardiovascular system. Chocolate also has some very positive effects on our brain: It contains tryptophan, which is a precursor for serotonin, the happy hormone, which works as a natural anti-depressant. And to make it even more delightful, chocolate also contains a molecule known as anandamide, which binds to the same receptors as CBD. It is no surprise that after we enjoy the sweet sensations of chocolate, we are also met with feelings of pleasure and happiness.
For a more technical explanation, please refer to the article by F.Bianchi-Demicheli, L. Sakhoranja, and A. Pechère-Bertschi published in the Swiss Medical Journal on 20 March 2013.
So there’s no need to cut chocolate out of your diet! When consumed responsibly and in moderation, it poses no risk to your health, and is beneficial. Quality chocolate actually burns fat and increases the body’s metabolism. What more could you ask for? So go ahead and enjoy 30g a day, as long as you are enjoying quality dark chocolate that’s low in sugar. Just understand that milk chocolate also has less cocoa and more sugar, and white chocolate is actually not chocolate at all, since there is no cocoa.
Are you addicted to chocolate? Did you know that 30% of women claim that it is just as addictive as sex? Through its ability to release serotonin, our pleasure hormone, chocolate allows us to enjoy a temporary euphoria that can awaken the erotic passion.