Hy Chefs! How are you today? On this occasion, we spoke to you about the dark chocolate, the healthier option to give you a whim if you are one of those people who are addicted to sweets and if you love to consume this food. Dark chocolate differs from milk chocolate or white chocolate by having a percentage higher than the 43% of ingredients that come from the pure cocoa, as much butter as the pasta, although in the market you can find products of black chocolate with a higher percentage and therefore, are more healthy still. We will explain to you some of the benefits highlights of this chocolate in particular and if you stay until the end, we’ll recommend some delicious recipes which you can use. Let’s go there!
The x benefits of dark chocolate that maybe you did not know
It is a food antioxidant
A beneficial very interesting which is attributed to the cocoa is the substance antioxidant. This pure cocoa found in the chocolate contains the so-called polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that helps to lower cholesterol and along with minerals like magnesium, iron or potassium, also helps improve the performance of the brain. They contain antioxidants, of course, that will also help to delay the aging of our body. A trick that you should know is that, the more black is the chocolate, the greater the amount of antioxidants we find in him.
Reduces the inflammation
In addition to the polyphenols, and many other beneficial substances, the cocoa contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which help to reduce the inflammation. If you are an athlete, this anti-inflammatory power will come great to prevent possible ailments, muscle or joint. It is advisable to consume it after the training, so, you know, don’t be afraid to introduce a little dark chocolate to your life! You can also help our circular flow of blood to work properly.
Contains low doses of caffeine
The chocolate may contain caffeine, and its amount depends on the pure that is, that is to say, the percentage of cocoa that bring in your composition. Therefore, if you need this stimulant to your day-to-day, this food is highly recommended to consume for the morning or before a sports training. What is most important is that you try to control your intake if you show special sensitivity to caffeine or if you have stress or other conditions such as anxiety or nervousness. We know that it is a food addictive and is great, but you don’t need to hit the binge!
Improves your mood and well-being
Cocoa generates the production of serotonin, which is responsible for regulating the mood. With this component in your body you will feel with more forces at the time of performing different activities in your life. Also, if you’re an athlete, read this that will interest you. It has been shown in a scientific way to take a little bit of black chocolate can increase your sports performance.
On the other hand, chocolate also can bring us the so-called “hormones of happiness” or endorphins, that have the ability to stimulate relaxation and other positive feelings in our body.
Finally, in the chocolate, we also find phenylethylamine, a chemical that when combined with dopamine, has an antidepressant effect in our brain.
What helps you lose weight?
Cocoa contains two chemicals that can help to activate the metabolism of our body: to capsaicin, and the mineral known as magnesium. To speed up the process of combustion of fats we lose weight while we enjoy this delicious food! What seems incredible, the truth? For this reason, we encourage you to consume pure cocoa or dark chocolate with a percentage higher than 90%. It is ideal to consume a maximum of 20 grams of chocolate and it is advisable that it be in the early hours of the day. I include it in your breakfast and you’ll start the day with lots of energy!
Contains a bit of sugar
Sugar is a substance of concern in the world of nutrition, as they are discovering the multiple harmful effects to the health of those who consume it, as we explain in this entry “The sugar industry hid the dangers of sugar to your health” that you can’t miss if you are interested in the topic. For this reason, we recommend you to consume dark chocolate, as it tends to have less sugar than white or milk chocolate, but Icare!. Many brands advertise a dark chocolate with 0% sugar , or with a composition very low and it may not be really well. You’ll have to look at the label of the product to make sure that not called those sugars of other ways, such as glucose or sucrose, because it can be a marketing technique used widely in the market.
What is the white or milk chocolate is equally healthy?
This dark chocolate that you we have been talking about is a healthy choice as it contains mostly cocoa and presents fewer substancesharmful that we see in the other options of chocolates. This is because cacao contains many healthy properties such as their protein and fiber, additionally a low composition in fats and carbohydrates. Therefore, chocolate is a 90% black or more, it duplicates the content in polyphenols and other beneficial substances to the milk chocolate typically contains only a 40% cocoa.
However, the ingredients that are added to the white or milk chocolate are butter, some sugar and fat. Therefore, these alternatives do not give us more than calories and fat more, if it were not enough with calories of the own cocoa and therefore, it would be best to avoid them. In addition, the white chocolate does not contain almost cocoa, but that incorporates only your butter, so that it can be said that it does not contain the beneficial compounds for our body that gives us the cocoa.
Now, even though we made it clear that dark chocolate contains good properties for our body, not meant to be a product miraculous. When we talk about eating chocolates, sweets or desserts or snacks that we recommend in our Weekly Menu Healthy, always we have to warn you that the trick is in moderation. There is that accompany this type of products with an appropriate lifestyle, exercise and a balanced diet and healthy. So, yes, you can eat once in a while dark chocolate, but don’t spend 15 or 20 grams, which is equivalent to one or two ounces.
We have reached the end of the post, but before we want to recommend this recipe of energy Bars Chocolate and Oats, which make it a perfect snack in between meals and that you can’t lose.
However, if you prefer a recipe less crunchy and delicious, but also less healthy, we have for you this of Chocolate Brownies and Cheese, in which you can use this chocolate pure black to subtract calories and add benefits.
Wow, this is all for today Chefs! If you’ve been wanting to know more about the chocolate, do not miss our post about The Benefits of Chocolate where we tell you everything you need to know about this food. Or if you prefer, we leave you with this recipe
¡Until the next Chefs!