- Few smoke.
- Some drink.
- However, the vast majority of them have a chocolate addiction!
Now, factor in Dr Tim Noakes, who states that you should not consume more than three teaspoons of sugar per day. Dr Noakes then goes on to warn that sugar is one of those ubiquitous substances that finds its way into most foods including mustard! So, bottom line is that you should not be actively adding sugar into anything.
So how do you marry the sugar warning with chocolate addiction?
Health benefits of cocoa.
Cocoa is rich in :
– Magnesium which is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function and keeps your heart rhythm steady.
– Potassium, which maintains the electrolyte balance in your body’s cells, manages your blood pressure and keeps your heart functioning properly.
– Copper- helps in the formation of the pigment melanin in the skin. It is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin in the blood along with iron.
Health benefits of chocolate
- Dark chocolate is rich in brain-boosting chemicals, called flavonoids Flavonoids help form new neurons in your brain which in turn increase brain power. Flavonoids also improve blood flow around the brain.
- Chocolate is high in energy-boosting chemicals including theobromine (a stimulant found in many popular energy drinks) and caffeine. You can use it as a pick me up if necessary.
- Chocolate will keep you looking younger for longer. Free radicals cause wrinkles; antioxidants get rid of free radicals. Chocolate is full of antioxidants. Get it? The oldest documented living person, Jeanne Louise Calment died at 122 years and 164 days. She put her good health down to regular chocolate consumption.
- Chocolate makes you happy. Chocolate is high in chemicals that boost your mood. The scientific journal Nutritional Neuroscience, suggests that it can help reduce symptoms of depression, as it contains magnesium, which aids in relaxation; anandamide, a neurotransmitter which helps to regulate mood, and phenylethylamine, which raises endorphin levels. Here’s to your good mental health!
- Chocolate can help you lose weight too, as it stimulates your metabolism.
Finally, a quote from the greatest book on chocolate ever –
“He turned and reached behind him for the chocolate bar, then he turned back again and handed it to Charlie. Charlie grabbed it and quickly tore off the wrapper and took an enormous bite. Then he took another…and another…and oh, the joy of being able to cram large pieces of something sweet and solid into one’s mouth! The sheer blissful joy of being able to fill one’s mouth with rich solid food!
‘You look like you wanted that one, sonny,’ the shopkeeper said pleasantly.
Charlie nodded, his mouth bulging with chocolate.”
― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory