10 health benefits of chocolate
I’d like to inform my classmates about the health benefits of chocolates.
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History of chocolate and why it is commonly eaten for pleasure.
Discussion of 10 potential health benefits of eating chocolate
1. High in Antioxidants - Cocoa contains flavanols, a type of flavanols that is only found in cocoa and chocolate. Flavanoids are naturally-occuring compounds that occur in plant foods that act as an anti-oxidants and help counteract free radicals in the body.
2. Blood Pressure benefits - Dark chocolate has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure in people with elevated blood pressure.
3. Natural anti-depressant - chocolate containd serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. Chocolate alsostimulates endorphin production, which creates feelings of happiness and pleasure. In fact, one study found that melting chocolate in the mouth produced feelings of pleasure longer than passionate kissing. This may explain why many people reach for chocolate when they are depressed.
4. Cancer Fighter - several studies have found chocolate to be one of the best cancer-fighting foods along with foods like red wine, blue berries, garlic, and tea. Two ways that chocolate works as a cancer fighter is by inhibiting cell division and reducing inflammation, though researcg still ongoing and will probably find additional ways in which choclate fights cancer.
5. Prevents tooth decay - research has found that the theobromine in chocolate prevents tooth decay by eliminating streptococcus mutans, a bacteria found in the oral cavity that contributes to tooth decay.
6. Longer life and less desease - One Dutch study followed 200 men over 20 years and found that those who consumed large amounts of chocolate, both milk chocolate and dark, lived longer and had lower overall disease rates than men who ate little or no chocolate.
7. High in magnesium - magnesium is an important mineral that helps in the regulation of the digestive, neurological, and cardiovascular systems.
8. Artery cleanup - studies have shown that the anti-oxidants in cacao work like brooms in sweeping plaque out of the arteries.
9. Lower LDL Cholesterol - eating dark chocolate on a daily basis has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol by as much as 10 percent.
10. Brain health - Many studies have shown that dark chocolates is good for the brain. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that it can protect the brain after the strokeby shielding the nerve cells from further damage.Dark chocolate has also been found to improve memory.
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