16 October, 2010

sweet tooth cravings

im a chocolate lover

chocolate is one of the most popular sweet tasting treats in the world and has been for centuries.

 health benefits of chocolate..positive and negative effects..

Cacao, the source of chocolate, contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. Of course this is counteracted by the high sugar content of milk chocolate.

The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation.

Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, a mild mood elevator.

The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat which may raise good cholesterol.

Drinking a cup of hot chocolate before meals may actually diminish appetite.

Men who eat chocolate live a year longer than those who don't.

The flavanoids in chocolate may help keep blood vessels elastic.

Chocolate increases antioxidant levels in the blood.

Mexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites.

The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being.

What Chocolate Won't Do:

Studies show that chocolate is not a causative factor in acne.

Cacao contains the stimulants caffeine and bromine, but in such small quantities that they don't cause nervous excitability.

Chocolate is not addictive.

Chocolate contains stearic acid, a neutral fat which doesn't raise bad cholesterol.

Chocolate doesn't make you 'high'. You'd need to eat a huge quantity (about 25lbs at one sitting) to feel any noticeable effect.

But On The Negative Side...

Chocolate may trigger headaches in migraine sufferers.

Milk chocolate is high in calories, saturated fat and sugar.

but i still love chocolates..

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