One food we can’t seem to get enough of is chocolate. We’re addicted and it doesn’t help when it seems to be everywhere, in fact I highly believe that supermarkets make the most profit out of chocolate. I mean come to think of it even holiday seasons like Easter, Valentines and Christmas are highly made up of consuming chocolate. What we don’t always realise is whether chocolate is good for our health or not. Well carry on reading and you’ll find out.
There are many health benefits to chocolate but like all things in life there are also risks. Though dairy is considered to be a major part of our diets according to The Estate Dairy.
- Firstly one myth that everyone believes about chocolate is that it rots our teeth. In fact cacao the source of chocolate contains antibacterial agents that help to fight tooth decay. Chocolate that is high in sugar negates this effect however.
- Most of us believe that chocolate makes us happy however we may actually be right. Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, which is a mood elevator that releases endorphins.
- Chocolate also increases antioxidant levels in the blood
- Great as a source of fast releasing energy
And now for the risks
- People often complain about headaches when eating chocolate and they may be right. It has been found that chocolate can trigger headaches and migraines.
- For those conscious of their diet chocolate is high in calories however can be eaten in moderation
- Chocolate is particularly toxic to pets so for all pet lovers it may be a food you’d want to avoid.