An increasing number of studies suggest that chocolate, more specifically dark chocolate rich in antioxidants, has health benefits. Some of these studies, such as that on the relationship of dark chocolate with the body mass index, from the archives of internal medicine, go so far as to rank it among the super foods that must be added to his diet. This seems fantastic, because chocolate is a delicious food, which is deprived of the times for fear that it harms our health or it weighs us with a few extra pounds to our overweight!
Cocoa, the secret of dark chocolate:
If these studies describe chocolate as a healthy food, it should be noted that it is not all chocolates. Milk chocolate has almost no nutritional value, and white chocolate is not even real chocolate. We are talking about dark chocolate, obtained from cocoa powder exclusively.
It should also be noted that not all dark chocolates are healthy either, as the process of preparation in factories can also deprive chocolate of all the nutrients contained in cocoa. Among these processes, we can mention the high temperature roasting of cocoa, which eliminates all the antioxidant properties of cocoa.
In addition, most industrial chocolatiers add sugar or high fructose corn syrup to their chocolate. They also use soy lecithin as an emulsifier. The chocolate obtained with such a process, is not “real chocolate” and can have a great impact on health.
For a chocolate to be considered “healthy”, it must contain at least 60% cocoa, because the benefits of chocolate reside in cocoa. It contains a significant amount of antioxidants and is also rich in minerals, such as magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.
You can make your own chocolate at home and here’s how to do it right (Recipe):
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 cup of virgin coconut oil (make sure it is melted)
4 to 6 tablespoons of raw honey
In a medium bowl, add all ingredients listed above. Make the mixture so that all the ingredients form a homogeneous mixture. You can whip by hand or using a hand blender.
Then put the mixture into molds of your choice, you can also use a chocolate bar mold. After, put the mussels in the freezer and wait about 1 hour. Once this time is up, you can enjoy your homemade chocolates.
7 Health benefits of pure chocolate:
Pure chocolate can improve memory loss
Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke
Protect your nervous system
Lower blood pressure
Stimulate the mood
Help prevent cancer
Make yourself happy and enjoy all the benefits of chocolate (Pure).