Monday 7th July is Chocolate Day. Around the UK, chocolate lovers and chocoholics will be indulging in their favourite chocolate bars. There are a variety of dates that have been designated as "Chocolate Day" around the world. The most commonly accepted such date is July 7. Various Chocolate Days have been called Local, National or International/World, including conflicting claims. The U.S. National Confectioners Association lists four primary chocolate holidays on their calendar [improper synthesis?] (Chocolate Day (July 7), two National Chocolate Days (October 28 and December 28), and International Chocolate Day (September 13), in addition to variants such as National Milk Chocolate Day, National White Chocolate Day, and National Cocoa Day.
Dark chocolate is credited with a number of health giving properties, including being good for your heart, lowering blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels, due to its antioxidant levels. It’s also been discovered that dark chocolate can improve brain function and reduce the risk of stroke. It is flavonoids can help control blood sugars levels, its antioxidant levels are considered to be helpful in protecting us from many types of cancer, and slowing the signs of ageing.
A source of Nutritious
If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it is actually quite nutritious. It contains a decent amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals. A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70–85% cocoa contains (1):
• 11 grams of fiber
• 67% of the RDI for iron
• 58% of the RDI for magnesium
• 89% of the RDI for copper
• 98% of the RDI for manganese
• It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium
Getting thin and fit
People who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner, new research suggests. The findings come from a study of nearly 1,000 US people that looked at diet, calorie intake and body mass index (BMI) - a measure of obesity. It found those who ate chocolate a few times a week were, on average, slimmer than those who ate it occasionally. Even though chocolate is loaded with calories, it contains ingredients that may favour weight loss rather than fat synthesis, scientists believe.
Some other benefits of chocolate:
• Prevent heart disease
• Stimulates brain work
• Anti-inflammatory effect
• Faster recovery after physical work
• General metabolism normalization
• Anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effects
• Prevents the development of skin disease
• Even can prevent cancer!
Dark Chocolate Precautions
Of course, this doesn't mean you should go all out and consume lots of chocolate every day. It is still loaded with calories and easy to overeat. To avoid overindulging in dark chocolate yet obtain the benefits of dark chocolate, it’s a smart idea to eat a little piece by itself after a solid meal or include it in a recipe. If you’re sensitive to caffeine or looking to avoid caffeine entirely, it’s important to know that there are measurable amounts of caffeine in dark chocolate. Caffeine side effects can include nervousness, increased urination, sleeplessness and a rapid heartbeat, all reasons to avoid caffeine overdose.
According to Mayo Clinic, chocolate can also cause:
Acne, allergic skin reactions, bloating, colic in infants, constipation, decreased bone density, dental caries, eczema, gas, headaches, increased cholesterol levels, increased insulin levels, irregular heart rhythms, irritable bowel syndrome, irritability, jitteriness, kidney damage and disorders, migraines, nausea and vomiting, neck pain, nervousness, shakiness, sleep disturbances, stomach rumbling and, upset stomach, swelling under the skin, unpleasant taste, weight gain.
This is a long list, but all of these possible side effects can typically be avoided by not overindulging in dark chocolate. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant should also make sure not to have large amounts of chocolate. In moderation, dark chocolate is considered safe for pregnant women.
However, be moderate consuming chocolates and be careful overconsumption because of your health. Enjoy chocolate day and happy chocolate day…