Benefits of Chocolate

Let’s all admit it, nearly every one of us likes chocolate. It’s one of the most popular ingredients in candy and it’s now eaten across the world in nearly every single country. Now, most of what gets put into chocolate, aka milk, sugar, and butter, aren’t all that good for you. But, if you manage to get cocoa extract or dark chocolate with few to no added ingredients, you’ll not only be getting a tasty treat, but you’ll be getting some great health benefits as well.

First, let’s discuss the difference between what people call cocoa extract and chocolate. Cocoa extract comes from the plant from which chocolate is made. It is bitter but has a chocolate taste and comes in a liquid or powder form. At this point, cocoa extract is generally taken only for its health benefits, or you can blend and refine the cocoa extract and mix in various ingredients such as sugar, milk, vanilla and create what we call chocolate.

Now, chocolate contains ingredients such as xanthine molecules, including theobromine and caffeine, but also flavanols, and epicatechin. We know that’s a lot to take in, so let’s discuss each ingredient and their benefits.

1. Chocolate gives you an energy rush

Theobromine and caffeine are similar, in that they’re both able to cross the blood-brain barrier and bind to adenosine receptors. Adenosine makes us sleepy, and if theobromine and caffeine block adenosine from binding to its receptors, we get an energy rush.

3. Chocolate helps you lose weight!

Now, before you get all excited and run to the shop to buy some chocolate bars, let’s be clear that in this instance we’re talking about cocoa extract. According to several scientific studies, the flavanols in cocoa extract are thought to reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels, which help prevent fat accumulation and instead promote fat metabolism.

“According to several scientific studies, the flavanols in cocoa extract are thought to reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels, which help prevent fat accumulation and instead promote fat metabolism.”

2. Chocolate makes your heart healthier.

Another special thing that theobromine does is that it increases your heart rate and dilates blood vessels. This reduces your blood pressure, which reduces your risk of developing heart disease or stroke.

“This reduces your blood pressure, which reduces your risk of developing heart disease or stroke.”

4. Chocolate can reduce your cholesterol

As we mentioned above, chocolate contains flavonols and the regular consumption of flavanols are thought to reduce cholesterol levels. You see flavanols are antioxidants which are known to increase oxidation and blood flexibility and keep blood plateles from clumping together. The combination of these effects reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and increase levels of good cholesterol.

5. Chocolate can improve cognitive function

Besides all the wonderful benefits listed above, chocolate is known to improve cognitive function. The ingredient epicatechin is thought to increase blood flow and oxygenation in the brain, which is thought to speed up thought processes and protect your brain from damage due to ageing or external toxins. Epicatechin is also thought to activate an increase in glucose uptake, meaning your body is able to process sugars more easily. When our bodies are able to process sugars more easily, we think faster and retain memories more easily.

Finally, we wanted to say that if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, we suggest buying raw powder or raw nibs. The taste will be strong and bitter, so we suggest adding it to a fruit smoothie, or making your own iced mocha. The key with chocolate is to eat it in small portions but on a regular basis for a long period of time. It may take a few weeks or months for you to really notice a difference, but when you do, you’ll be hooked!

Let’s all admit it, nearly every one of us likes chocolate. It’s one of the most popular ingredients in candy and it’s now eaten across the world in nearly every single country. Now, most of what gets put into chocolate, aka milk, sugar, and butter, aren’t all that good for you. But, if you manage to get cocoa extract or dark chocolate with few to no added ingredients, you’ll not only be getting a tasty treat, but you’ll be getting some great health benefits as well.

First, let’s discuss the difference between what people call cocoa extract and chocolate. Cocoa extract comes from the plant from which chocolate is made. It is bitter but has a chocolate taste and comes in a liquid or powder form. At this point, cocoa extract is generally taken only for its health benefits, or you can blend and refine the cocoa extract and mix in various ingredients such as sugar, milk, vanilla and create what we call chocolate.

Now, chocolate contains ingredients such as xanthine molecules, including theobromine and caffeine, but also flavanols, and epicatechin. We know that’s a lot to take in, so let’s discuss each ingredient and their benefits.

1. Chocolate gives you an energy rush

Theobromine and caffeine are similar, in that they’re both able to cross the blood-brain barrier and bind to adenosine receptors. Adenosine makes us sleepy, and if theobromine and caffeine block adenosine from binding to its receptors, we get an energy rush.

2. Chocolate makes your heart healthier.

Another special thing that theobromine does is that it increases your heart rate and dilates blood vessels. This reduces your blood pressure, which reduces your risk of developing heart disease or stroke.

2. Chocolate makes your heart healthier.

Another special thing that theobromine does is that it increases your heart rate and dilates blood vessels. This reduces your blood pressure, which reduces your risk of developing heart disease or stroke.

3. Chocolate helps you lose weight!

Now, before you get all excited and run to the shop to buy some chocolate bars, let’s be clear that in this instance we’re talking about cocoa extract. According to several scientific studies, the flavanols in cocoa extract are thought to reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels, which help prevent fat accumulation and instead promote fat metabolism.

4. Chocolate can reduce your cholesterol

As we mentioned above, chocolate contains flavonols and the regular consumption of flavanols are thought to reduce cholesterol levels. You see flavanols are antioxidants which are known to increase oxidation and blood flexibility and keep blood plateles from clumping together. The combination of these effects reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and increase levels of good cholesterol.

5. Chocolate can improve cognitive function

Besides all the wonderful benefits listed above, chocolate is known to improve cognitive function. The ingredient epicatechin is thought to increase blood flow and oxygenation in the brain, which is thought to speed up thought processes and protect your brain from damage due to ageing or external toxins. Epicatechin is also thought to activate an increase in glucose uptake, meaning your body is able to process sugars more easily. When our bodies are able to process sugars more easily, we think faster and retain memories more easily.

“According to several scientific studies, the flavanols in cocoa extract are thought to reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels, which help prevent fat accumulation and instead promote fat metabolism.”

Finally, we wanted to say that if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, we suggest buying raw powder or raw nibs. The taste will be strong and bitter, so we suggest adding it to a fruit smoothie, or making your own iced mocha. The key with chocolate is to eat it in small portions but on a regular basis for a long period of time. It may take a few weeks or months for you to really notice a difference, but when you do, you’ll be hooked!