Chocolate knows no boundaries; speaks all languages; comes in all sizes; is woven through many cultures and disciplines ... it impacts mood, health, and economics, and it is a part of our lives from early childhood through the elderly years .

Chocolate is the most loved desserts among ; we all have had chocolate in various forms as chocolate bars , icecream, waffle ,cakes , pastry and other mouth watering dishes . We all love chocolate in some or other ways .

So let’s have some knowledge about our most loved chocolate .

Chocolate is made from tropical Theobroma cacao tree seeds. Its earliest use dates back to the Olmec civilization in Mesoamerica.After the European discovery of the Americas, chocolate became very popular in the wider world, and its demand exploded. Chocolate has since become a popular food product that millions enjoy every day, thanks to its unique, rich, and sweet taste.

But as a coin has two side. Eating chocolate has its benefits and risks .

So let’s look at the benefits and risks of having chocolate :

5 Benefits :

1.Powerful Source of Antioxidants :

Cocoa and dark chocolate have a wide variety of powerful antioxidants. In fact, they have way more than most other foods

ORAC stands for “oxygen radical absorbance capacity.” It is a measure of the antioxidant activity of foods.

However, it is worth mentioning that raw, unprocessed cocoa beans are among the highest-scoring foods that have been tested.

Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols and catechins, among others .

2. Could Improve Brain Function :

Dark chocolate may also improve the function of your brain.One study of healthy volunteers showed that eating high-flavanol cocoa for five days improved blood flow to the brain.

Cocoa may also significantly improve cognitive function in elderly people with mental impairment. It may improve verbal fluency and several risk factors for disease, as well .

3..Heart disease :

Research published in The BMJ, suggests that consuming chocolate could help lower the risk of developing heart disease by one third . Based on their observations, the authors concluded that higher levels of chocolate consumption could be linked to a lower risk of cardiometabolic disorders.They call for further experimental studies to confirm whether consuming chocolate is beneficial.

4.Heart Stroke :

Canadian scientists, in a study involving 44,489 individuals, found that people who ate one serving of chocolate were 22 percent less likely to experience a stroke than those who did not. Also, those who had about two ounces of chocolate a week were 46 percent less likely to die from a stroke.

A further study, published in the journal Heart in 2015, tracked the impact of diet on the long-term health of 25,000 men and women.

The findings suggested that eating up to 100 grams (g) of chocolate each day may be linked to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

5.Fetal growth and development :

Eating 30g (about one ounce) of chocolate every day during pregnancy might benefit fetal growth and development, according to a study presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Atlanta, GA.

5 Risks :

1. Weight gain :

Some studies suggest that chocolate consumption is linked to lower body mass index (BMI) and central body fat. However, chocolate can have a high calorie count due to its sugar and fat content. Anyone who is trying to slim down or maintain their weight should limit their chocolate consumption and check the label of their favorite product.

2. Bone health :

There is some evidence that chocolate might cause poor bone structure and osteoporosis. The results of one study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that older women who consumed chocolate every day had lower bone density and strength.

3. Migraine risk :

Some people may experience an increase in migraines when eating chocolate regularly due to cocoa’s tyramine, histamine, and phenylalanine content. However, research is mixed.

4. Heavy metals :

Some cocoa powders, chocolate bars, and cacao nibs may contain high levels of cadmium and lead, which are toxic to the kidneys, bones, and other body tissues.

5. Sugar content :

The high sugar content of most chocolate can also be a cause of tooth decay.

It is said that :

“A little bit of sweetness can drown out a whole lot of bitterness.”

“Nice memories are like Chocolate ; you can't survive on them alone, as they aren't very filling, but they make life sweeter. Chocolate is happiness that you can eat .

So know it depends upon you to have chocolate or not .

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