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Could Cocoa And Chocolate Curb Your Cravings?

Cocoa chocolate has long been a favorite cure for a sweet tooth.

If you’re looking to satisfy a craving for sweets then chocolate is a good choice.

Cocoa Chocolate

Cocoa Chocolate

 

Cocoa, which is used to make chocolate is bitter and is not sweet by itself but is better for you.

Dark chocolate is used in recipes for cakes and brownies and other decadent deserts.

Try and stay away from deserts that use milk chocolate in its’ recipes, the milk fat in it will cause excessive weight gain.

Our love affair with chocolate dates back centuries.

And has led to the creation of an infinite number of chocolatey treats we just can’t seem to resist.

The problem with all the sweet treats we love, such as candy.

Is NOT the cocoa or chocolate in them but everything else they contain.

For instance, milk chocolate is laden with dairy, fat and sugar.

Plain cocoa such as Hershey’s on the other hand, or dark chocolate, such as 70% and above.

Is either pure, or has only small amounts of the more caloric items.

That put chocolate on the forbidden foods list when you are dieting.

 

Cocoa – a nutrition powerhouse

One recent study showed that native tribes in South America.

Will often drink 5 cups of plain cocoa a day, no sweetener.

They have been found to have a long life span.

And none of the common killers found in the Western world, such as heart disease and cancer.

You don’t have to drink that much to get the same effects.

Chocolate is filling, full of fiber, and packed with nutrition.

It contains an amazing range of minerals, including:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Selenium

 

Flavonoids

Chocolate also contains phytochemicals called flavonoids that have been linked to lower blood pressure.

Less hardening of the arteries, and less risk of heart attack and stroke.

Chocolate also lowers cholesterol naturally when consumed in its raw form.

Another benefit of flavonoids is that they stimulate the immune system.

This increases our chances of fighting off viruses.

It can also help prevent the development or growth of various cancers.

Note that adding milk to chocolate counteracts the flavonoids, so dark chocolate is best, the darker the better.

Cocoa Chocolate

Cocoa Chocolate

 

Other Phytochemicals

Chocolate is also good for our mental health because it contains phenylethylamine.

A chemical that acts on the brain to produce feelings similar to those we experience when we fall in love.

Chocolate also causes the body to release endorphins.

Which are present naturally in our bodies.

And promote feelings of happiness and well-being, and can even relieve pain.

Knowing all this, it is possible that there are actually a lot of good health reasons why we crave chocolate.

And give boxes of it as gifts to those we love.

If you’re in need of a quick boost of energy, try a taste of dark chocolate and see if it curbs your cravings.

 




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