Did you know that dark chocolate could bring us certain benefits for the body ? Let’s discover it together in this article and answer the question: Does it right that chocolate make you fat ?
Are you one of those who have stopped consuming chocolate for fear of gaining weight ?
Although much has been said about this food, the truth is that, as long as it is consumed in a moderate way, it can offer some benefits.
I want to clarify if you actually get fat eating chocolate.
To start, we must emphasize that it is a food with interesting nutritional and antioxidant properties.
As highlighted in a study published in Antioxidants & Redox Signaling about Chocolates.
It is interesting source of phenolics, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber fat.
WHAT CHOCOLATE MADE OF ?
The main substances of which chocolate is composed are fat and sugars. For this reason, they recommend moderate and occasional consumption.
Chocolate is obtained from the mixture of cocoa paste(solid matter) and cocoa butter(fatty matter),both from cocoa beans and sugar.
From these products, used to a greater or lesser extent, and incorporating others such as milk, nuts or natural fruits, different types of chocolate are made.
In addition, it provides minerals such as magnesium, iron, phosphorus and potassium, in addition to calcium in its milk varieties.
BEST WAY TO EAT CHOCHOLATE
Choose dark chocolate, as it has the highest amount of polyphenols, more than milk or white chocolate.
Look for chocolates that contain at least 70% cocoa and in lesser amount added sugars and milks, since these decrease their purity.
Chocolate can be presented and taken in several ways: in tablet, powder, as a drink, hot, melted, as a topping for other foods, in mousse, as a base for desserts and cakes, etc.
In all its forms, it always appears irresistible before our eyes, and is delicious to our palates.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE
1. REVIVE MY MOOD
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.
2. BETTER FOR MY MEMORY
It would help improve memory.Through Frontiers in Nutrition , they have indicated that the consumption of dark chocolate could help improve memory in the medium and long term.
This is due to the presence of flavonoids with antioxidant activity.
Antioxidants would work by fighting free radicals and delaying or preventing senile dementia and Alzheimer’s. However, more studies are needed in this regard.
3. DELAY MY AGING
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).
5. DECREASE STRESS AND ANXIETY
In 2018, the researchers concluded that consuming dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa could have positive effects on stress and inflammation levels .
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Does chocolate really make you fat ?
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!