In spite of numerous, well-documented articles may have reported contrary evidence; eating MUSHROOM CHOCOLATE BARS can actually be seen as ‘healthy eating’. The benefits of consuming chocolate are surprisingly, not well known; as most persons truly believe that chocolate is bad for their health, fattening, addictive and a host of other misconceptions. This article seeks to educate the reader to the wonderful, extraordinary benefits which can be had from eating chocolate.
Chocolate is manufactured directly from plant sources (cacao), and as a result is free from any form of synthetic substances. Chocolate contains flavonoids – flavonoids are compounds found in plants which help the plant to repair damage. When consumed, these flavonoids pretty much operate in a similar fashion within the human body. Therefore, these flavonoids act as antioxidants which protect the body from premature aging and heart disorders.
Incidentally, chocolates are one of the highest sources of antioxidants amongst all know foods. Dark chocolate, for instance, does contain a large amount of antioxidants, rivaling even strawberries in its antioxidant content. The presence of antioxidants in any food helps to counter the effects of free radicals within the human body. Chocolate has been used for many decades by medical personnel in alleviating problems such as diarrhea, gout, low virility, fatigue, weak digestions as well as ‘shortness of breath’.
Ten basic health benefits of making chocolate a regular staple in your diet are noted below. Pure, dark chocolate is beneficial in lowering high sugar levels. Chocolate increases the metabolism of the blood sugar content within the body, thus reducing the chances of being diagnosed with diabetes. Amazingly, chocolate also lowers insulin resistance, therefore, causing the body to produce glucose effectively.
• Chocolate is rich in magnesium and potassium, and several other vitamins, such as; Vitamin D, E, B1 and B2. New discoveries are now proving that chocolate can actually aid in the fight against tooth decay, provided that dark chocolate is consumed rather than milk chocolate, which contains much more sugar than cocoa.
• Chocolate has been known to increase the flow of blood to key regions of the brain, approximately 2-3 hours after consumption. One way this is accomplished is by chocolate’s ability to dilate the blood vessels, as it triggers the production of nitric oxide within the body, which inadvertently causes blood vessels to widen and relax. Chocolate also discourages platelets from sticking together, thus reducing the risk for blood clots and other arterial blockages.