Chocolate is a product based on cocoa solid or cocoa fat, and finely powdered sugar to produce a solid confection. Chocolate is a popular ingredient and is available in many types such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, semisweet chocolate and bittersweet chocolate.
Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Yes, chocolate is a champion antioxidant! Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease.
Antioxidants bond to free radicals and whisk them from your body via digestion and other means. No doubt, there are many other food containing antioxidant, such as red wine, green tea, pomegranate, blueberries, strawberries and etc. However, chocolate topped all of them. Among so many types of chocolates, dark chocolate contain the most antioxidant. The USDA published a chart of antioxidant foods measure ni ORACs (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity Units), for every 100 grams of dark chocolate and blueberries, dark chocolate has 13,120 ORACs, meanwhile Blueberries have only 2,400 ORACs. Antioxidant-rich diets have been linked to a lowered risk of heart attacks, stroke, cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, arthritis, asthma, Alzheimer’s and more. So it stands to reason that if chocolate is chock full of antioxidants, it’s actually good for you.
Additionally chocolate also holds others benefit, such as stimulation endorphin production, containing serotonin which acrs as an anti-depressant, and containing theobromine, caffeine and other substances which are stimulants. It helps for menstrual cycle pain. I’m not sure what make chocolate to be a “pain-killer” for our period pain, but it really does. Taking chocolate always makes me feel pleasure in mood, especially when you are in the dilemmas of moody mood.