Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate

The melting point of chocolate is


slightly below the body


temperature of the human being,


meaning it melts in your mouth;


this is part of the pleasure of


eating chocolate. The release of


serotonin in the brain has also


been linked to eating chocolate


and is thought to produce feelings


of pleasure. Heroin addicts have


been shown to an elevated liking


for chocolate; this may be due to


the fact that it triggers the


release of dopamine in the brains


reinforcement system. This is an


effect not unlike the one caused


by opium, even though it is legal.


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Studies in recent years seem to


point to cocoa and dark chocolate


possessing certain benefits to


human health. A rich source of


flavonoids epicatechin and gallic


acid, is one of the advantages to


dark chocolate with it high cocoa


content, these flavonoids are


thought to provide


cardioprotective properties.


Cocoa has significant antioxidant


action, and research has shown


that eating antioxidant-rich foods


helps reduce damage to cells from


free radicals. Slowing down,


preventing or even reversing some


diseases that are caused from


cellular damage, (it may even have


the benefit of slowing the aging


process.) It protects against LDL


oxidation. (LDLs transport


cholesterol to arteries and high


levels of oxidation has been


associated with arteriosclerosis,


heart attack, stroke and


peripheral vascular disease.)


Modest reductions in blood


pressure and flow-mediated


dilation have been shown when


about 100g of dark chocolate is


eaten daily.


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The Chocolate Diet was one of the


fad diets, emphasizing eating


chocolate and cocoa powder in


capsules. But consuming milk


chocolate or white chocolate, or


drinking milk with dark chocolate


seems to negate the benefits to


human health. As a calorie-rich


food high in fat content daily


consumption of chocolate requires


dieters to reduce calories in


other foods.


An increased risk of certain


cancers has been shown in several


population studies among those who


eat sweet junk foods like


chocolate, but eating


flavonoid-rich dark chocolate has


not been shown to affect the risk


of cancer one way of another.


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