Advantage & Disadvantage of Chocolate
Category : Health Education
Advantage & Disadvantage of Chocolate
Who are the people in this world vowed that they never took even a single bite of chocolate? Guess that no one would dare to raise their hand. Why? Simply because chocolates is very popular in the market, from the simple children’s drink up to the lover’s delight. Admit it or not, most of the people are either eating chocolates, already ate chocolates, and will eat chocolates. Alongside with the evolution of earth and the changes in globalization, chocolates never fail to offer the sweet results that life can bring. There are large sizes of chocolates, hazelnut mixed chocolates, pure dark chocolates, milk and dairy chocolates, and believe it or not exhibits with statues made of chocolates.
This is a Chocolate World
It is very fascinating to see if there is a real chocolate factory being managed by Willy Wonka. After all the conflicts in his family and her favorite past-time, Wonka’s success in the chocolate industry made such an inspiration for most of the chocolate lovers-turned-business proprietors. Chocolate, as food for all, is like a celebrity that involves different issues and controversy. Many chocolate enthusiasts defend their hobby in eating chocolates as food for the soul. On the other hand, the critics think that chocolates are junk foods that are bad for the body. This differences on the idea about chocolates flows in the mainstream of its advantages and disadvantages.
A classic chocolate can definitely renew the soul for it has a chemical called tryptophan that helps the brain to function well and creates a feeling of excitement or elation. Moreover, it has anti-oxidants that can also be found in teas or wines. According to the studies, a good antioxidant agent can help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and can protect the cells from the damage caused by toxins for experts found out that it is a good source for good cholesterol. In addition, the flavanoid that inside the chocolates can improve the cardiovascular health such as facilitating the blood flow.
The wonderful and enticing feeling of a person in eating chocolate has their disadvantages. But the craving for chocolate deserves only a single bite of chocolate. Even there are chocolates that are low in fat and calories; still it has oils that can transfer the fat to the heart. Therefore, a chocolate lover should look unto the label first. Many women report particular chocolate cravings when pre-menstrual. This is possibly because chocolate contains magnesium, a shortage of which can exacerbate pre-menstrual tension. Similar cravings during pregnancy could indicate mild anemia, which chocolate's iron content may help to cure. Central nervous stimulants such as caffeine are also present in small amounts, and this has a mild effect on alertness as we know from drinking coffee. Another mild stimulant present in chocolate is theobromine, which also serves to relax the smooth muscles in the linings of the lung.
Eating too much chocolate in one sitting is not good for the body. Most of the people that enjoyed that sweet taste of chocolate makes a person leave into a mouthwatering state whenever they just saw a chocolate. The recommended amount of serving for each person is a maximum of 7 ounces per week or an average of 1 ounce a day. There are two opposing opinion about the cause of the cavities. Cacao contains antibacterial agents that actually fights tooth decay. However the mass production of chocolates that contains sugar that counteract the benefits of the agents. Bitter chocolate is better and a person who is looking for a healthy chocolate product should assess the following contents. Chocolate should has not been alkalized, not dried and cool-pressed rather than roasted, 70% pure cocoa, should use cane instead of refined sugar, and milk fats or hydrogenated oils.
Chocolate is sweet and can be good or bad for the body. A person who loves chocolates probably hides packs of chocolates under their bed or inside their wardrobe. Loving the chocolate is not bad but not to the point when the person is eating too much chocolate. Most of the people who are fascinated in the magic of chocolate turn their eating habits into business. They love chocolate and they only want to deliver the same amount of fascination to other people. Together, the chocolate business might be competing in the same industry but they are delivering the same taste that leaves the mouth of the enthusiasts craving for more.
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