Who doesn't love chocolates? Even those who profess they don't have a sweet tooth would instantly feel their mouths water when they think about it. That's why it's one of the most popular food items in the world. Did you know that being a chocolate lover has both pros and cons? Before you go grab another bar from the refrigerator, read on to find out what chocolate does to your body.
The foremost benefit of eating chocolates is antioxidant protection. Studies have shown that chocolates contain powerful antioxidants that neutralizes the damages brought about by free radicals in the body. A bar of chocolate contains about 300 mg of polyphenols, the same kind of antioxidants that you'll find in red wine.
Apart from that, chocolate also help curb heart diseases. Combining your chocolate with a healthy meal such as fish, fruits and vegetables can cut down the risk of coronary diseases, even increasing life expectancy by five to six years. Consuming 100 g of dark chocolate on a daily basis can reduce the risk of heart attack and high blood pressure.
Chocolate is also known as a mood booster. Have you ever wondered why the first thing on your mind when you're feeling down would be to grab a bar of chocolate? That's because chocolates trigger the release of endorphins, which are the natural opiates of the body. After eating this sweet treat, you'd instantly feel vibrant, energetic and confident. Since it has caffeine, it also gives you a kick that stimulates your mind and body. Another the good news is that the amount of caffeine found in dark chocolate isn't that harmful to health.
Now when it comes to the drawbacks, on top of the list would be the loads of calories that you're taking in when you eat a bar of chocolate. A milk chocolate bar of 100 g contains 520 kcals, dark chocolate of the same amount has about 510 kcals, and white chocolate has 529 kcals. The excess calories, of course, can be burned through regular physical activity.
Calories aren't the only thing that you'd be taking in when you eat chocolates. You'd also be taking in too much sugar, which increases the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Dark chocolate, which has lower amount of sugar, is preferred over white or milk chocolate. It would also be a good idea not to eat chocolates before meals so you don't eat too much of it. Too much sugar can also disrupt the levels of endorphins in the brain. While you'll feel happy, you can also feel downright sad without any good reason.
Finally, chocolate can harm your teeth because of the fermentable sugar that it contains. This can be resolved by eating apple after you eat chocolate so that the fiber content of apple will scrub your teeth and remove chocolate particles that can cause tooth decay. Don't forget to brush your teeth after eating and before going to bed.