Chocolate appeared in Europe in the 15th century thanks to Krzysztof Columbus, who brought cocoa beans to the old continent. Today, cocoa is a ubiquitous ingredient in store snacks and cakes that sweets lovers like. Milk, white or maybe vegan chocolate? We love them all!
However, as it turns out, chocolate still has a lot of secrets – we discover them below 🙂
Chocolate builds the body’s immunity
After eating chocolate, blood begins to circulate faster and oxygenates all tissues more efficiently. Thanks to this, the body is better at fighting bacteria and viruses. In addition, precious cocoa beans are a rich source of flavonides, i.e. bioactive compounds that have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and detoxifying effects. It should be emphasized that only chocolate with a cocoa content above 70% has an impact on the regulation of cellular immune response – so let’s eat it confidently, for health 🙂
Chocolate fights tooth decay
To have healthy teeth, you have to … eat chocolate (yes!). Polyphenols in cocoa block the bacteria in the mouth to cause disease, including tooth decay. All this thanks to inhibition of bacterial glucosyltransferases. Put simply, these compounds, although not capable of killing biotic organisms, weaken them, which does not allow new, more resistant new ones to appear soon. In addition, dark chocolate contains theobromine, which strengthens the enamel, and tannin preventing bacteria from sticking to the tooth surface.
Bitter chocolate is more caloric than milk
Bitter chocolate with a cocoa content of 70-80% has in 100 g. Up to 560 kcal, while milk chocolate (and therefore the one with a cocoa content of about 40%) – 560 kcal. Although it would seem that sugar-free chocolate is more dietary, the high content of cocoa mass makes it quite the opposite.
Chocolate suppresses coughing
Cocoa contains theobromine, which has antitussive properties. It is a chemical from the alkaloid group that increases bronchial diameter, improving airflow. Chocolate can therefore help in the treatment of cough, even of a chronic nature, which accompanies asthma. What will you choose for the next infection – a syrup or a bar of chocolate?
Chocolate improves memory
Cocoa contains phenylalanine, which stimulates the brain to work by improving its blood supply. Thanks to this it is possible to remember words and visual stimuli faster and more permanently. To increase the effect of this compound, it is worth combining eating chocolate with vitamin C present, among others in citruses. One thing to remember – like a snack to learn, it’s just chocolate!
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