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Dark Chocolate

PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:37 pm
by mirjana
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate


Probably you know good news about dark chocolate. It contains the antioxidants - phenols and flavonoids – which offer protection against heart disease. In addition, cocoa butter, which is a saturated fat, has a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. What is eventually less known is that a number of chemically active compounds in dark chocolate can improve mood and pleasure. Why so? They are boosting serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.

What is Serotonin?


“Serotonin is primarily found in the gastrointestinal tract and in the central nervous system of animals and humans. It is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness.
Approximately 90% of the human body's total serotonin is located in the enterochromaffin cells in the gut regulating intestinal movements. The remainder is synthesized in serotonergic neurons of the CNS where it has various functions. These include the regulation of mood, appetite, and sleep. Serotonin also has some cognitive functions, including memory and learning. Modulation of serotonin at synapses is thought to be a major action of several classes of pharmacological antidepressants.”

Other benefits of Chocolate


And consuming dark chocolate may slow the oxidation of LDL, or so called “bad" cholesterol. But, it is good to know that milk chocolate is not as heart-healthy as dark chocolate, because in comparison to white which contains no cocoa solids but only more fat and sugar and less cocoa and antioxidants, dark chocolate which contains over 70% of Cocoa is the beneficial for use. White chocolate is mostly a mix of fat, milk and sugar with a minimal amount of cocoa butter added.
By eating an ounce of dark chocolate with at least 70 percent pure cocoa a few times a week, we get benefits for our health without feeling guilt that we shall gain weight. My personal tip is to enjoy when eating it.
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