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Good news for chocolate lovers

Good news for chocolate lovers

Contrary to popular belief, chocolates are not necessarily harmful to your family's health.

Did you know that chocolates are not your dentist's worst nightmare? Of course, sugar in the chocolates does cause tooth decay, but the cocoa contains phosphate and other minerals that work against the tendency to produce oral bacteria. Moreover, chocolates contain potassium, magnesium and several vitamins including B1, B2, D, and E?

It builds immunity?

Ever wondered as to what it is about chocolates that makes you feel so good? Chocolate stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to a 'runner's high', the high a jogger feels after a long stretch of running. These pleasurable experiences stimulate the body to produce a powerful antibody called secretory immuno globulin A, which strengthens the immune system. Therefore, next time you pop up a chocolate, do not feel guilty. It increases your immunity. An average chocolate bar contains as many as 250 grams of chocolate, and one piece of chocolate contains one- tenth of that. Therefore, it is good to indulge in a piece or two.

Did you know it cuts cholestrol?

Eating chocolate results in higher antioxidants, which cuts cholesterol. Yes, it is a myth that eating chocolates results in increased cholesterol. Chocolate is a product of plants, and it contains no cholesterol at all, though it does contain calories.

It reduces fatigue.

If you're tired, simply reach for a chocolate. It is a powerful fighter of fatigue and not only boosts your spirit, but also raises your energy levels as well. It is also an anti-depressant. Chocolate contains a neurotransmitter, serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant, while its other properties also have a stimulating effect. Chocolate is not high in caffeine. In fact, the amount of caffeine in a typical 1.4-ounce chocolate bar or an 8-ounce glass of chocolate milk is equivalent to that found in a cup of decaffeinated coffee.

Heart benefits?

A 1.5 ounce chocolate bar contains about the same amount of total phenolic compounds as a 5-ounce serving of red wine, which has been associated with a reduced risk for coronary heart disease. And can you think of a better combination than red wine and chocolate? Chocolate reduces the formation of internal blood clots, further reducing the chances of a coronary blockage. Certain heart patients are prescribed aspirin, in order to prevent the formation of blood clots. Cocoa complements this property of aspirin.

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sanjita.8 years ago
i didn't know this thing... i thought eating chocolate will make you more fat..
Divya.9 years ago
My 6 year old kid loves chocolates, esp the ones containing nuts. Do these facts apply to kids as well? Are chocolates beneficial for children??
Mohan.11 years ago
my 2 year old child is also mad behind chocolates. i don't know at such a young age also they can recognise and like a particular taste so much.
Ki.11 years ago
i was very happy to read this i wont feel guilty whenever i go for a choclate!
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joanne ulloa.11 years ago
i take wellbutrin, but i often feel sad and sometimes weepy. i am 56 years old so i attribute some of my emotions to the fact that i am in menopause. however, today after taking my morning medication of wellbutrin, i started to feel as though i was starting to have another panic attack. i tried the usual strategies i know to try and control the attack. after having the feeling of impending panic for about an hour, i decided to have a cup of hot chocolate. a few minutes after i finished the drink, i began to feel much better even somewhat euphoric. could the chocolate work so quickly or is it my imagination?
sumathi.11 years ago
i am high cholestrol patient. now i am very happy to eat chocolate with out feeling guilty. thanx to u
Lover.11 years ago
chocolates, especially the dark one's are excellent. the best are imported ones. go ahead, indulge, and feel good. don't over do it
kamarnisha.11 years ago
i like chocolat very much
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navya.11 years ago
good news to chocolate lovers... the article says chocolate is good but beware of the sugar content in it. we can definitely make use of dark chocolates or the original cocoa powder and make sauce with sweetners it takes yummy... no guilty feeling,
ramadana.11 years ago
last week i was experiencing a heart attack but ate a large bar of chocolate and still had the heart attack but the chocolate tasted good.
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