April 11, 2016, 04:41 PM
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Surely there are few of them. You can deny yourself this delicacy only for health reasons or fear of gaining excess weight. But is a product made from cocoa beans so dangerous and is it worth limiting yourself in pleasure?
Chocolate and excess weight
Biggest misconception: chocolate makes you fat. Chocolate is a high-calorie product, but the main sources of energy in it are glucose and milk, and this is if you bought milk chocolate. It turns out that the carbohydrates of cocoa beans are classified as “easily available.” They break down quickly and are just as quickly consumed. Indeed, with excessive intake of carbohydrates in the body, they can be “deposited” in the form of extra centimeters at the waist, but with reasonable use (30–40 grams of chocolate per day), everything is beneficial. Scientists have noticed that consumption of 30 g of dark chocolate per day for two weeks reduces the level of stress hormones in the body. And one more thing: eating a small amount of chocolate five days a week is associated with a decrease in body mass index, even if you prefer high-calorie foods and do not exercise very actively.
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But what about caries?
Of course, to some extent, chocolate contributes to the formation of caries. But the harm from it is less than from sugar or other sweets. Even such dried fruits as dried apricots, raisins, prunes contribute to the formation of caries. In addition, unlike other sweets, chocolate brings teeth not only harm, but also benefits. The fact is that scientists found in it an antiseptic substance that inhibits the development of bacteria “responsible” for the formation of tartar and … all the same caries.
Heals and rejuvenates
Scientists from the University of Münster have discovered a new substance in cocoa. The regenerating substance was called “cocoheal”. Cocoheal promotes the growth of skin cells and thus improves the healing process of wounds, smoothes wrinkles and reduces the risk of stomach ulcers.
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No more chocolate?
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