5 Things You Should Know About Chocolate
Updated: Aug 6, 2020
Ok, so doctors might not prescribe you a daily dose of chocolate... but perhaps they should! Here's food for thought.
So, here is 5 things you should know about chocolate
1. THE CARVING IS REAL
There's no solid proof that it's addictive, but part of chocolate's health boost is that it contains a number of chemicals that improve your mood and even simulate the feeling of being in love, which can make you crave it. These include serotonin, which helps you relax; phenylethylamine, which prompts your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine; and anandamide, the bliss molecule that tragts the brain's pleasure receptors.
2. IT MIGHT BOOST BRAIN HEALTH
A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease in 2016 found eating chocolate might be protective against cognitive decline in older people. In the two-year study, people over 65 who snacked on a little chocolate a couple of times a week lowered their risk by 40 per cent.
Amazon review: It's DARK AND BITTER, so if you're one of those sweet suger filled fake chocolate lovers, than this is out of your league, stick to your sugar candies.
It's extremely hard to find anything this dark in India and even if there are, they're extremely pricy cause of low quantity production. Thanks to AMUL, now we have true dark chocolate at affordable price.
NB: Loving the texture and feel of the chocolate. I'm really happy.
Update: Finished 4 packs in less than 13 days. Ordered another 4. I just love the texture of the chocolate in my mouth. Truly in love ❤️
3. MILK CHOCOLATE HAS HEALTH BENEFITS TOO
What gives dark chocolate its healthy rep is its high cocoa (or cacao) content. Cocoa contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help fight inflammation and improve heart health. Quality dart chocolate with at least 70 per cent cocoa has the strongest benefits. Milk chocolate, though, is not without merit. It contains 10 to 25 per cent coca, so you'll still get some flavonoid juju.
4. IT SPOILS
We're not sure exactly why you would have uneaten chocolate lying around, but if you do happen to stockpile it, it'll eventually go bad. It will have a funky taste or smell and may discolor. Dark chocolate stored in a cool, dark place will keep for up to a year; milk or white chocolate for around six months. Handcrafted specialty truffles and other choccies with cream or liquor fillings have a shorter life of two or three weeks - a little longer if refrigerated.
5. SMALL PORTION GIVE THE BIGGEST PERKS
Dark or milk, you'll reap the most benefits from small bites. Although chocolate also contains some iron, magnesium and zinc, it's not enough to offset the fat and kilo joules that come with larger helpings. (We're looking at you, giant Mars Bar..) Stick to around 30g a day. This is approximately two squares of a chocolate bar or one-third of a regular Cherry Ripe. (As if!)
Doesn't cut it, sorry Milky bar kid! White chocolate is made from cocoa butter mixed white milk and sugar. As delicious as it is, it doesn't contain any of the cocoa solids from the cacao bean so has none of the benefits.