Chocolate Is Good for You

Chocolate… It’s been described as one of life’s sinful little pleasures. Could something that tastes so delicious actually be good for you? Over the years we have all heard many negative claims about chocolate. But in fact, giving into those chocolate cravings may be better for you than you thought. Besides tasting good, chocolate is beneficial to your body as well!
Many times, chocolate has been blamed for causing acne, migraines, tooth decay, etc. But most of the bad reputation chocolate has been given is based on the fact it contains saturated fat and caffeine. The level of saturated fat in chocolate is due to the presence of cocoa butter, which increases blood cholesterol levels. On the other hand, it also contains a high level of phenolen that lowers the risk of heart disease! What about the caffeine? A standard bar of milk chocolate contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of decaffeinated coffee. Also, after much intense investigation researchers have found the real answers. Chocolate does not cause or irritate acne. It does not cause migraines. And the cocoa butter in chocolate coats the teeth while it’s being consumed making it one of the least likely snacks to cause tooth decay.
Chocolate has many advantageous nutritional qualities. It contains large amounts of potassium and magnesium, some calcium and sodium, and vitamins A1, B1, B2, D, and E. Chocolate is also made up of the substances Theobromine, Phenylethylamine, Tryptophan, Phenols, Catechins, and Anandamide. The first substance, Theobromine, stimulates the central nervous system, facilitates muscular exertion, and acts as a diuretic and appetite stimulant. The second substance, Pehnylethylamine, is an amphetamine-like psychoactive drug whose effect is said to resemble the feeling of being in love.