Chocolate Lover?

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!

Wikipedia's Definition:

Chocolate comprises a number of raw and processed foods that are produced from the seed of the tropical cacao tree. Native to lowland, tropical South America, cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Central Amcerica and Mexico, with it's earliest documented use around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Maya and Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl, a Nahuatl word meaning "bitter water". The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor. fater fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted, and the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The nibs are then ground and liquified, resulting in pure chocolate in fluid form: chocolate liquor. The liquor can be further processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

Here are the common types of chocolates:

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.

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friendz said...

Nice blog i have added u in my blog....and faved

Wildcherry said...

Very nice descriptions of the different kinds of chocolates!
Makes me want to eat some!

daria369 said...

I can't even imagine life without chocolate... LOL - and when I run out, drinking cocoa does the trick for me! :)

capybara said...

My wife and I eat a piece of dark chocolate every day as we have read about the health benefits. We have really developed a taste fo.r it

Bhing said...

@friendz - Thanks for the support!

@Wildcherry - Well, i've been craving for chocolates ever since! LOL

@daria369 - Nice trick! :)

@capybara - I also developed a taste for it as well.. It is just that i could not eat them everyday.. =(

Connie said...

There is nothing in the world that could keep me away from chocolate, well maybe poison!

RFv2 said...

nice entry
all hail chocolates

JayEl said...

I really love chocolates but afraid too due to some health reasons...

Bhing said...

@Connie - LOL.. i feel/think the same way too!

@RFv2 - Thanks for the support! and hail to all chocolate lovers.. :)

@JayEl - Oh sorry to hear about that.

Better to stay away from it if that's the case..

KJ Flip said...

good story, I love chocolate... check out my blog

Larry B said...

Very nicely laid out blog! Yummy

Bhing said...

@KJ Flip - We all love chocolates I guess.. LOL

@Larry B - Thanks for the support.. :)

Laura Barat said...

I never knew chocolate could give you headaches! I love to eat chocolate, maybe too much, but i'll follow your advice about the dark chocolate being better for you. Thank you for the information.

Bhing said...

@Laura - You are very much welcome... Enjoy eating chocolates! :)

diamondmum said...

I'm a chocolate love dark chocolates...thanks for the post!