Chocolate is good for your health
The cocoa mass contained in dark and milk chocolate contains more than 500 different chemicals.
Chocolate contains 8 molecules that are important for health and wellbeing:
- Theobromine is a stimulant and creates a feeling of wellbeing. It is also a diuretic, vasodilator and cardiac stimulant.
- Theophylline has a bronchodilator action. It strengthens the respiratory muscles.
- Caffeine acts as a stimulant for the central nervous system and the cardiovascular system. It reduces drowsiness and increases attention temporarily.
- Phenylethylamine delivers a feeling of pleasure.
- Serotonin helps relieve sadness, gives us more energy and makes us more sociable.
- Tyramine is a vasodilator.
- Salsolinol can be considered as an antidepressant.
- Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that promotes wellbeing.
Without going into a lengthy analysis of the chemical composition of chocolate, suffice to say that a moderate consumer of chocolate would live for a year longer by eating 1 to 3 bars of chocolate per month.
The antioxidants contained in chocolate are said to be beneficial in the fight against cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Chocolate may also slow down the ageing process of our cells.