Top Wellness Health looks
for good reasons to indulge in chocolate.
Chocolate: the divine drink, which builds up
resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this
precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day
Almost all women would vouch that
cocoa deserves to be called 'the food of the gods'.
The Aztec Empire was probably the first to use cocoa
in their cooking.
Upon his return from his
expedition from Mexico, Spanish conqueror Hernando
Cortes brought back with him a foamy, bitter drink
called 'chocolatl', introduced to him by Aztec
Emperor Montezuma. From there, the Spanish made some
improvements by adding sugar, cinnamon and vanilla
to the concoction to suit their taste. But it was
only in the 1800's that the solid milk chocolate as
we know today was created.
Since then, the humble chocolate
has become a global phenomenon. It has been made
into every chocolate product imaginable such as
chocolate bars, chocolate wafers, etc, which comes
in all shapes and sizes. Chocolate is a popular gift
during the festive seasons especially during
Valentine's Day.Chocoholics often worry that their
craving for chocolate will lead to rotting teeth,
acne outburst and weight gain. The good news is,
there have been many studies that show that
consuming cocoa have its health benefits. The fact
is, the darker chocolate with the most
concentrated cocoa is the most beneficial.
For you to reap its health
benefits, you need to look for chocolates that are
high in cocoa solids (preferably 70% or more) and
low in sugar and saturated fat.
If you prefer milk or white
chocolate over the dark variety, go for products
with a minimum of 30% cocoa solids (for milk
chocolate) or 30% chocolate butter (white
chocolate). High quality chocolates contain
essential trace elements and nutrients such as iron,
calcium, potassium, vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E.
powder boasts the highest amount of health benefits
compared to dark chocolate and milk chocolate. While
moderate chocolate consumption offers health
benefits, this is no excuse to indulge at will. If
you have to choose, go
for dark chocolate for its higher flavonoid content.