It would be antidepressant. A study published in Nutrition Reviews analyzed 8 different studies that pointed to connections between mood and chocolate consumption. The conclusions were as follows:
By containing phenylethylamine, chocolate could act on the brain causing a state of euphoria and emotional well-being. For this reason, many people say they feel better when they eat chocolate, and it is popularly known as an antidepressant.
Keep in mind that dark or dark chocolate contains a higher concentration of antioxidants than its other varieties.
4. HELP TO PROTECT AGAINST HEART DISEASE
Although the data is not conclusive, a study by the Journal of Hypertension indicates that cocoa flavonoids would activate the nitric oxide system, being able to protect against heart disease (or at least reduce the risk of its appearance).
It has always been said, and is a widely held belief, that chocolate make you fat.
It is true that, having normally high sugar levels, chocolate is one of the foods with the highest calories and, therefore, it could generate weight gain if we do not consume it moderately.
Now, chocolate, consumed in its pure state and in moderation, would not make you fat .
The key is in the choice of the variety with less sugars and in its occasional and moderate consumption. We can include dark chocolate in our diet as long as we do not abuse it.
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Remember that our diet should contain mainly fiber-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and cereals , in addition to quality proteins.
In addition, it would be preferable to eat it in the morning or at noon, so that our body would have time during the day to burn the energy it provides.
The best variety of chocolate would be black or bitter(it should contain at least 70% cocoa) since it has fewer sugars and higher concentration of antioxidants.
Finally, a curious fact : a study published in 2012 in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that the countries in which the most chocolate is consumed are the ones that have received the most Nobel prizes.
Now that you know that chocolate is not fattening, as long as we control its consumption, have a cup of hot chocolate, or a delicious bonbon, and give yourself this little pleasure!