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Healthy Chocolate

March 24, 2010

By Sandra Goge

What is it that makes chocolate so irresistible?

Now for every chocolate lover scientists have good news – chocolate not only tastes good, but is healthy too!

High in potassium and magnesium, chocolate also provides us with several vitamins – including B1, B2, D, and E. According to researchers chocolate contains up to four times the anti-oxidants found in tea – 53.5 mg of catechins per 100 grams. By contrast, 100 ml of black tea contains a mere 13.9 mg of catechins. Chocolate stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation.

Magnesium and anti-oxidants as well as other vitamins and mineral substances strengthen blood capillary walls and enlarges blood-vessels, improve blood structure, help in case of heart disease, delay formation of cholesterol and development of thrombus, strengthen immunity, reduce risk of cancer, increase endurance against stress and depression and improve memory.

Specialists say that dark chocolate is healthiest because it contains 30-70 percent paste of cacao beans. However even 40g of milk chocolate can provide 10 percent of necessary daily doses of potassium, calcium, iron and vitamin B, and it contains as many anti-oxidants as a glass of red wine.

Chocolate is recommendable for those who are physically stressed or have serious diseases. Others have to remember that the average chocolate bar contains approximately 250 calories, promotes obesity, causes acne problems and can bring out other negative reactions.

Here you can find a little video about how chocolate is made.

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