Chocolate is not the enemy of our health, far from it! Moderation is on the other hand the order of the day with only one condition to watch closely: no excessive consumption on a daily basis. Let's do some “historical” cleaning in this bit of chocolate madness. This famous chocolate is obtained from cocoa beans in the form of seeds from a small tree in Central America. These beans called to ferment will then be roasted and dried to finally become a cocoa butter. From this cocoa butter, different types of chocolate will come out at the end of production, the characteristics of which will depend on the addition of sugar, spices or milk. Alas, many minerals will be lost along the way in all this inevitable transition.
First certainty however: chocolate contains vitamins B and E, polyphenols and other antioxidants. These anti-ageing substances are precious friends for our health, powerful allies for effectively fighting the free radicals that cause us to age prematurely.
This chocolate that challenges us so much is rich in magnesium, potassium and iron. Even better, it contains theobromine, a somewhat bitter alkaloid from the same family as caffeine. It is a cardio stimulant and a very important vasodilator for the proper functioning of our cardiovascular system. The bouquet of compliments concerning our famous quality chocolate would not be complete if we did not mention its very positive effects on our brain: the tryptophan it contains, precursor of serotonin, is a kind of natural antidepressant. A mischievous nod to conclude with a little publicized chocolate molecule that does not go unnoticed: anandamide known as the "happiness molecule" binds to the same receptors as CBD. Amazing shortcut in the mysteries of the human body. Not surprising then, this very pleasant sensation of pleasure and emotion that follows a magnificent tasting of an excellent… dark chocolate!
For more technical information, you can refer to the article by F.Bianchi-Demicheli, L. Sakhoranja and A.Pechère-Bertschi published in the Revue Médicale Suisse on March 20, 2013.
Mythical chocolate? Maybe, and it's not the end of the world for all that. So, to hell or nettles (it's safer), all these unjustified suspicions that accuse him of making you fat. Consumed in reasonable doses so as not to fall into an addiction that is always negative, a privileged partner in intimate relationships when the sexes demand it, chocolate will never be the enemy of your body and of that impeccable line that you would like to keep the most. long as possible.
Quality chocolate burns bad fats and boosts the body's energy expenditure. What more ? Green light therefore to triple the daily dose (we go from 10 to 30g in a more surprising mood), preferably dark chocolate or low-sugar cocoa. It's up to you to choose the best chocolates on the market, according to your requirements and your desires. No conflict, we settle the problem amicably. Lower fat but sweeter milk chocolate? White chocolate ? Vigilance is no longer chocolate since it does not contain cocoa. On the podium, dark chocolate made of cocoa butter and more or less minimal sugar is on the first step and it will not be easy to dislodge it.
Are you addicted to chocolate? Let's talk about it since 30% of women admit to having a compulsive relationship with chocolate and specify that it is as addictive as sex. By releasing serotonin, this famous pleasure hormone, chocolate gives you a feeling of temporary euphoria that is very pleasant to experience personally but also to share. So, between the desire to love freely and respect for oneself, one's body and one's soul, there is a path of agreement to be found so as not to fall into an addiction that is too negative in the long term.