It seems that eating a piece of chocolate a day keeps the doctor away, often touted its antioxidant and anti-depressant. What is it really? Some chocolates are better than others for your health? Can you be addicted to chocolate? Chocolate makes prevention of cardiovascular risk?
The chocolate is made from cocoa beans. These are the seeds of this small Central American tree Theobroma cacao, cacao fruit with beans. For chocolate, the beans have undergone fermentation, then they should be dried and roasted, like coffee. This seed is removed flowable grease, also known as cocoa butter. Different types of chocolate are produced by the addition of sugar, cocoa butter, milk and spices.
Chocolate contains vitamins B and E, polyphenols and other antioxidants, very interesting to free radicals that accelerate aging fight. It is rich in magnesium, potassium and iron. 100 grams of milk chocolate, a third of the recommended daily intake of potassium one. Chocolate contains theobromine: a bitter alkaloid of the same family as caffeine. It acts on the kidneys is a diuretic and has an antitussive effect. This is a cardiac stimulant and a vasodilator. But it is also an aggravating factor of gastroesophageal reflux, since this molecule relaxes the esophageal sphincter muscles block the passage into the esophagus. Chocolate has effects on the brain. Contains tryptophan, a precursor of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, improves mood, a kind of natural antidepressant. But chocolate of anandamide binds a molecule. To the same receptors as cannabis This creates a sense of joy, but can also result in a mild addiction.