Chocolate: What Is Known
Here is what researchers are saying about chocolate in the 21st century
- Chocolate is a health food
- More antioxidants in chocolate than in fruit and vegetables
- Contains compounds that promote heart health
- Flavonoid-rich, similar to green tea, red wine, olive oil
- Fat in chocolate contains stearic acid, oleic acid which decrease platelet activity
- Chocolate lowers cholesterol
"Chocolate is history" proffers Louis E Grivetti, Professor in the Department of Nutrition at UC Davis.
According to Professor Grivetti, throughout the centuries chocolate has been hailed to...(*2)
- Improve anaemia
- Awaken the appetite
- Strengthen the brain
- Increase breast milk production
- Alleviate tuberculosis and gout
- Cure kidney stones
- Improve longevity
- Enhance digestion
- Invigorate kidney function
- Improve elimination
- Increase sexual appetite and virility
- Stimulate nervous system of feeble patients
- Calm, sooth and sedate over- stimulated patients
- add or restore flesh or weight gain to emaciated patients
They continue by saying
- chocolate is nutritious and this makes chocolate a must for ration packs in the army, for trampers/hikers, mountain climbers.
- chocolate contains protein, fat, carbohydrate, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, carotene (vitamin A), vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and Folate.
- milk chocolate contains a higher percentage of these than dark chocolate (sorry all you purists out there) but it does depend on the levels of cacao solids and/or the brand of chocolate analysed.
So you can see why it's an energy food and taken in moderation (is there such a thing with chocolate?), it can only enhance our lives.
In conclusion, those in know tell us chocolate could be called natures' Prozac. When we have a craving for chocolate, it could well be for the brain pleasing qualities that chocolate contains, i.e. sugars, fats, PEA, theobromine, magnesium. There could be more brain pleasing ingredients that are yet to be discovered. If taken in moderation it is the most natural anti-depressant that I know of.
Authorative Authors Adore Chocolate
"I Adore Chocolate: The health & pleasure of your favourite food" www.glenncardwell.com
This e-book by Glenn Cardwell, an accredited, practicing dietitian is a great read for further information on many health aspects of chocolate.
In Glens own words:
"Look, I enjoy my chocolate as much as you do. After reading this book, you too will eliminate any anxiety you may harbour about chocolate and eat it with abandoned joy. You can tell your friends and neighbours too. This book will explore what we know about chocolate and your health. You may be pleasantly surprised at much of the good news. I shall be writing about the science of chocolate. It's what we have unearthed about the chemical beauty of chocolate. And it will grab a few myths about chocolate and give them a good shaking because they have spent years disturbing the peaceful enjoyment of chocolate. It's just got to stop."