Ever since i was a kid, i love eating chocolates! Even up to now.. I can still remember how i crave for those yummy chocolates before..How about you? You love chocolates too? If yes, then this article is for you!
Dark Chocolate - is produced by adding fat and sugar to the cacao mixture. It usually does not contain milk and has more than 35% of cocoa solids. Dark chocolate, with its high cocoa content, is a rich source of the flavonoids epicatechin and gallic acid, which are thought to possess cardioprotective properties. Dark chocolate has also been said to reduce the possibility of a heart attack when consumed regularly in small amounts.
Milk Chocolate - is chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk added. It is made similarly to dark ones but it uses less cocoa and adds milk powder or condensed milk, too.
White Chocolate - is a confection based on sugar and fat (either cocoa butter or vegetable oils) without the cocoa solids. Due to its high content of sugar, it is usually the sweetest type of chocolate.
Semi-sweet Chocolate - is often used for cooking purposes. It is a dark chocolate with a low (typically half) sugar content.
What are the Disadvantages of Chocolates:
- It is recognized as being addictive
- It is a calorie rich food with a high sugar and fat content
- It has been linked to nervous tension as well as migraine headaches because it contains compounds known as vasoactive amines that can dilate brain vessels triggering headaches in susceptible individuals.
- It has high levels of arginine which is required in the replication of the herpes virus.
- It should be avoided by those with active or recurring herpes infections.
Chocolates has benefits as well, most especially the Dark one.
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolates (containing high in cocoa solids, 70% or more):
- Dark chocolate with it's high cocoa content is rich source of the flavonoids epicatechin and gallic acide which contain cardio protective properties.
- Cocoa butter contains small amount of the plant sterols sitosterol and stigmasterol, which may help inhibit the absorption of dietary cholesterol.
- Unlike the saturated fats found in meat and dairy, the saturated fats in dark chocolate do not elevate cholesterol levels.
- The flavonoids in chocolate prevent the excessive clumping together of blood platelets that can cause blood clots.
- Chocolate contains significant amount of the amino acid arginine whih required in the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to dilate, which helps to regulate the blood flow, inflammation and blood pressure.