MyNetDiary Has the Inside Scoop on Chocolate!
With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s safe to say that chocolate consumption is about to go way up!
There is some debate over whether or not chocolate is actually that good for you, so our clients at MyNetDiary decided to do their own research. Turns out, chocolate is actually good for you! But before you go reaching for a super-sized box of Valentine’s Day chocolate, you’ll want to understand where the benefits actually come from so you can choose your chocolate accordingly.
According to the article in MyNetDiary:
Chocolate’s Reputation Keeps Changing
“Chocolate enjoys just as healthy a reputation today as it did anciently. The Aztecs named their bitter chocolate beverage “food of the gods.” Europeans believed the treat was a general-purpose curative. Indeed, modern science has uncovered evidence for potential health benefits such as the following:
- Improved blood vessel health and function, helping proper blood flow;
- Decreased blood pressure; about 4 mm hg for systolic (top number) and 2 mm hg diastolic (bottom number) in people with high blood pressure;
- Decreased insulin resistance, though evidence for blood sugar-lowering is mixed; and
- Improved memory.
The article goes on to discuss flavanols and how much chocolate you might have to eat in order to receive the benefits from them, along with some facts about the different kinds of the confection contain the highest amounts. It compares plain, white, milk and dark. Everyone has a favorite and the choice of the sweet confectionary can often determine personality other traits. The White variety is easy to identify because of its cream of white – sometimes ivory, but some white does not contain any cocoa solids at all making it a distant cousin to its cocoa solid based relations.