The question most chocolate lovers want to know is are there really TRUE Nutritional Reasons To Eat Chocolate?
To answer that question simply…yes! But there is much more to it. In fact, chocolate is one of the most intricate and unique chemicals I have researched before. Let me tell you first how I know so much about it.
As a young chemistry student in college, I was fascinated with the chemical process involved in everyday things…like coffee, baking, and chocolate!
For my final research project, I knew I wanted to choose chocolate as my expert topic. I researched and read many old books, scientific articles, and chemical experiments over this delectable substance.
Oddly enough, the majority of chocolate experimentation dates back to the 1800s with the invention of milk chocolate and other various culinary discoveries. More recent research has come to scientifically prove that chocolate is not only delicious, but also contains health benefits as well!
The thing to always remember about these TRUE Nutritional Reasons To Eat Chocolate, is the type of chocolate is key. As with many of our favorite foods, chocolate is also heavily processed. Most of the candy bars we have grown up loving, are very far from their natural state. Natural, dark chocolates are still amazing AND you can also bake with natural cocoa powders and get all the good benefits!
Four Powerful Reasons To Eat Chocolate
1. Dark Chocolate is chock-full of minerals!
If you can keep your chocolate minimally processed, like dark chocolates (which I personally LOVE better!), there are so many naturally occuring minerals. Similar to the kind found in dark leafy greens. Some of these substances include such fiber, Magnesium, iron, copper and Manganese to name a few.
2. It’s a HUGE source of antioxidants!
Raw, unprocessed cocoa beans have some of the highest amounts of antioxidants found in any foods. They are way up there with blueberries! Antioxidants are really important for multiple chemical processes in the body, so anytime I can eat something that is full of them, I always do!
If you read Part I of this series, I talked about how theobromine is the reason dogs CANNOT have chocolate. However, as humans we break it down fine. In small amounts, these two can give you a boost during the day. Sometimes, if you need a caffeine pick me up, a small piece of dark chocolate can do the trick! Talk about a perfect way to naturally boost your day!
This was one of the chemicals I focused on most during my research in college, since caffeine is definitely a favorite chemical among chemists 🙂
4. It can improve blood flow and cardiovascular health!
The fat in dark chocolate is cocoa butter. Cocoa butter contains monounsaturated fats which can help raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol). Monounsaturated fats are so good for your heart health and keep everything flowing at optimum ability. Other foods that have this type of fat are things like olive oil and nuts.
Now, chocolate has other benefits. Some are not as prominate and the amounts are so small, your body probably wouldn’t benefit from it since you will typically be eating this in small amounts.
Chemist Bottom Line: Baking with cocoa powder and consuming small amounts of dark chocolate are actually beneficial to your health. Remember the most raw form of chocolate will contain the most nutrients.
Obviously ALL chocolate is delicious, so other types in smaller quantities are fine too 😉
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