Chocolate is a long time favorite treat on the planet. Although the bad reputation that rots your teeth and it gets you fat, we find it hard to give up on its irresistible taste for which we have cocoa to thank to, the main ingredient of chocolate.
Many scientists say that there is no need to renounce the sweet taste of cocoa but keep in mind that you should not exaggerate. Not only that, chocolate and cocoa may even serve as a cure for many serious diseases.
Let’s see what kind of ingredients is hidden in 100 grams of chocolate? Besides cocoa, in the composition of chocolate, there is also cocoa butter, vanilla flavor, sugar, and emulsifier lecithin. This dark delicacy is rich in minerals so that 100 grams of high-quality pure chocolate contains about 3 mg of iron, 12 mg sodium, 100 mg calcium, 280 mg of phosphorus, 300 mg of magnesium and even 400 mg of potassium. In addition, there are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, cellulose, and caffeine. As far as vitamins go in chocolate you can get B1, B2, B5, B6 and Vitamin E.
Scientific research shows that dark chocolate raises the levels of good cholesterol and lowers the bad cholesterol in the blood if the daily intake does not exceed 16 grams of this treat. Also, dark chocolate helps raise the hormone of happiness, which means that it improves mood and relieves depression. Consuming just one small square of dark chocolate a day can strengthen mental abilities such as alertness, concentration, and memory. Chocolate has been known for centuries as a potent aphrodisiac. A small bar of quality dark chocolate contains the same amount of flavonoids as much located in one glass of red wine. Positive effect on the heart and the latest research suggests that it can help in the treatment of patients suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and it helps suppress coughs because it has a similar effect as a cough syrup.
But be careful with this treat because believe it or not, excessive use of chocolate, in addition to obesity, can also cause insomnia and irritability.
Indian tribes of North America often used cocoa in medicinal purposes to the extent they used it as a trading good and as a currency.
Aztec ruler Montezuma from the sixteenth century loved the cocoa beverage that he used to drink from a golden cup. The story is that after drinking the drink he threw the cup into the lake that eventually turned into a gold mine. And that is in its vaults instead of gold, he kept 960 billion cocoa beans.
Cocoa tree was appreciated and at the time of Maya and Inca as a special gift from the gods.
In the past among other things cocoa was used as a cure for heart disease.
Now to get back to the present, where it is known that cocoa contains high levels of magnesium, which has positive effects on the brain, muscles, respiratory system, and it strengthens the bones. It contains tryptophan, which helps the body to release serotonin, known as the hormone of happiness and good mood. Theobromine which invigorates the body raises concentration and other intellectual abilities. Potassium, which plays an important role when it comes to the regulation of water in the body and controls the heart rhythm. In addition, cocoa contains antioxidants which are used by the body to fight against free radicals, aging, cancer …
Modern science shows that cocoa actually contains almost 300 different chemical ingredients and is among the most nutrient-rich plants.
At the end of the story here’s a tip: for as painlessly as possible quitting coffee at any time of the day, the best will serve cocoa drink