What are the benefits of chocolate for our health? Here's how much to eat and when to eat it daily.
Every year, on July 7, the world unites to celebrate one of the most beloved pleasures for our palate: chocolate. World Chocolate Day is a special occasion to explore the sweet universe surrounding this delicious food and to appreciate its history, its varieties and its impact on our global culture.
With its richness and complexity of flavours, it is much more than a simple delicacy: it is a sensory experience that stimulates us and enchants our taste buds. Its origin dates back thousands of years ago, when ancient Mesoamerican civilizations cultivated and used cocoa beans to create sacred and ritual beverages. Today, this delicacy has become an essential part of global food culture, ranging from handcrafted chocolate bars to delicious pralines and refined desserts. But is eating it really good for you? Here are the possible benefits .
Eating chocolate: the benefits
Chocolate, when consumed in moderation , can offer several health benefits. The important thing is to remember to curb our gluttony and not to overdo the quantities, as it can be rich in sugars and calories. Also for this reason it may be better to opt for the dark one, rather than for the other varieties.
Here are some of the possible benefits of eating chocolate:
– good mood stimulation, as it contains substances such as seratonin and endorphins, which can have a positive effect on our mood and help reduce stress;
– cardiovascular protection, since many studies have shown how much dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease;
– antioxidant effect, as it is rich in flavonoids, which can help counteract the damage caused by free radicals in the body;
– improvement of cognitive functions , as suggested by some research according to which it can temporarily improve memory and attention;
– benefits for the skin, thanks again to the flavonoids, which promote hydration and protect against damage caused by UV rays.
How many grams of chocolate can you eat per day?
The recommended daily consumption can vary based on several factors, but in general, experts recommend limiting yourself to moderate portions. It is believed that between 20 and 30 grams of chocolate per day may be a reasonable choice.
However, it is important to consider the quality of the chocolate and its contents. Opting for dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (at least 70%) may offer more health benefits than milk chocolate or white chocolate. In fact, the dark one contains less sugar and more antioxidants.
However, remember that the information provided is indicative and that it is always advisable to consult a doctor or dietician to assess your personal dietary needs and obtain specific advice based on your individual situation.
What's the best chocolate?
When it comes to determining the best chocolate, the choice often comes down to personal taste. However, dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is generally considered the best in terms of health benefits . If you are an aficionado, you can still explore different strains and brands to find the one that best suits your personal taste.
But when is it better to eat chocolate? There is no “best” time, as it mostly depends on your preferences and eating habits. However, it would be better to enjoy a small amount as a snack, dessert, for special occasions or in general in the afternoon, to break the routine and fight fatigue.
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