when consumed in moderation are known to provide certain benefits to
health including lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and improving heart
- A recent
study shows that consuming chocolates in the morning improves certain
cognitive functions like reasoning, memory and focus.
- It also
aids in weight loss and prevents insulin resistance.
Chocolates get their positive attributes due to the presence of cocoa.
Dark chocolate generally has no milk or very less milk compared to white chocolate. It is produced by adding fat and sugar to cocoa. Dark chocolate bars are also sold as thick bars that has 70% to 99% cocoa in it and can be used in cooking. Dark chocolate is also called "plain chocolate" or "black chocolate."
‘Eating chocolates for breakfast can help in weight loss and general health improvement.’
beans are fermented seeds of cacao tree. Cocoa is rich in minerals like
magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and manganese. It is also a good source of
dietary fiber and so is useful in chronic constipation and bowel disorders. It
also offers antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. The
antioxidant properties help to neutralize the free radicals in the body.
improves elasticity of blood vessels and thus aids in lowering blood pressure.
It helps to improve insulin resistance and glucose metabolism and thereby
regulates the body's sugar level.
to the study
by Syracuse University, dark chocolate bestows positive effects on cognitive
functions like abstract reasoning, memory and focus.
by researchers from the Tel Aviv University, states that eating desserts for
aids in weight loss.
They say this is because mornings are when the metabolic activity is the
highest. It helps to regulate lipid metabolism and reduces synthesis and transport of
to food expert, Liz Moskow having a 'wake and cake' approach to breakfast helps
prepare you better for your workday and hence breakfast is the best meal
chocolates can be incorporated into.
"Combining those two studies and the likeability
of having dessert for breakfast, we predict that breakfast might start seeing
brunch amuse-bouche chocolate cakes or brunch and breakfast restaurants
incorporating a robust dessert menu," She added
Earlier this year, it was revealed Warwick
University academics reckon chocolate could help in the battle against diabetes
and heart disease. Experts at Warwick University suggest eating 100g of the
delicious treat every day helps prevent insulin resistance.
also reduce cravings by telling receptors in the brain that
we're getting a much-needed hit of loveliness, while not plying our bodies with
excess sugar and fat.
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
- Protects Skin - Cocoa in dark
chocolates offers protection against the harmful UV rays by boosting blood
circulation to the fine capillaries on the top layer of the skin that
protects the sun against dehydration and burns.
- Protects Teeth - Cocoa has
antibacterial properties that protect the teeth against cavities by
inhibiting the formation of plaque.
- Reduces Cravings - Cocoa reduces the
level of appetite and cravings by stimulating the production of
anti-hunger hormone called ghrelin.
- Improves Focus - By increasing the blood flow to the brain, cocoa improves cognitive
functions like focus, memory and reasoning.
- Reduces Stress - Stress prompts
the release of cortisol which triggers the accumulation of abdominal fat.
But cocoa reduces the decrease of cortisol and lowers levels of anxiety