Are you a chocolate lover? Are you tired of hearing people tell you that chocolate is bad for you because it is all just fat and sugar? Well it is about time you hear some good news! Chocolate can be beneficial to you in many ways. The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves. This causes relaxation. Oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat which may raise good cholesterol, is found in the cacao butter in chocolate. Mexican healers use chocolate to treat insect bites and bronchitis. Chocolate contains many chemicals that are helpful to the body. It contains Theo bromine, a chemical that stimulates the nervous system and increases appetite. Chocolate has Tryptophan, an important amino acid that produces serotonin, an antidepressant and stress reducer. You may think, what's so good about that? You can just take medications that help reduce stress. Well, you can get stress reducers but chocolate tastes way better than any medicine.
There are many ways chocolate can be helpful to the heart. It reduces the effectiveness of platelets therefore decreasing clots that cause heart attacks and strokes. The flavanoids in chocolate help keep blood vessels elastic. Cacao also diminishes bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. This also reduces the risk of heart disease. There are chemicals in chocolate help the prevent heart problems. Phenols, a chemical that helps reduce the risk of coronary heart disease is found in chocolate. Chocolate contains Catechins. They help prevent the body from cardiovascular diseases and maybe even cancer.
Most of the saturated fat in chocolate is stearic acid, a chemical found in many animal and plant fats and oils. Stearic acid does not raise cholesterol the way other fats do. Chocolate is a plant product so it is free of cholesterol. The thing is that many other substances have been added to chocolate to make it taste good. These substances are high in fat, sugar, and calories. Another good thing is that scientists have cleared chocolate of its reputation of causing headaches and acne.