Posts Tagged ‘Chocolate’

Is chocolate healthy for you?

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Is chocolate healthy for youThe big question of “is chocolate healthy for you” well it does have quite a few advantages . Chocolate contains large amounts of physiologically active substances – theobromine and caffeine. They stimulate the cardiovascular and nervous systems. The chocolate enhances mood by stimulating the production of the hormone serotonin, which brings us joy and happiness. Moreover, moderate amounts of chocolate  have a soothing effect on the body.
Advantages: chocolate stimulates the nervous and cardiovascular system and protects against the harmful effects of free radicals.
Disadvantages : chocolate leads to agitation before bedtime and can cause headaches.
It contains a large amount of polyphenols – flavonoids, whose quantity in one block chocolate razvnyavat five apples, four cups of tea or two glasses of red wine.
The flavonoids prevent the deposition of plaques in blood vessel walls and thus prevent stroke and heart attack. Another type of information contained in chocolate polyphenols are catechins. They are powerful antioxidants, ie help the body to fight free radicals. In chocolate content is several times higher than in green tea, which until recently was considered the leader in content of catechins (53 mg per 100 g to 14 g in 100 ml).
The substances contained in cocoa butter are stearic acid (70%) lower levels of blood cholesterol.

To harmful ingredients of chocolate should refer tannin. It can cause headaches in people with already narrowed due to deposition blood vessels and the use of chocolate before bedtime can cause insomnia and untimely cheerfulness. One feature – since all of the positive qualities of chocolate are due to that contained in cocoa beans, opting for a maximum content of cocoa. This is as hot chocolate, in which the amount of cocoa should be at least 70%. And another thing – in chocolate should not be any other fat, except that of cocoa butter

Bananas, walnuts and chocolate threat depression

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Banana ChocolateThey are a real alternative to antidepressants drugs, say scientists from the Belgian Institute for Health Protection. “Some foods contain large amounts of hormones that increase the conduction of nerve impulses. If a person prefers them and they often appear in his diet, he became more prone to depression. The body only seeks to heal, “said the Belgian experts. According to them very good natural alternative to antidepressants are chocolate, bananas and walnuts: “Not surprisingly, Belgium, where depression associated with lack of sunshine are common, is considered one of the places where chocolate was created a menu of Scandinavian bananas are everyday life. ” Several studies show a direct link between nutrition and mental disorders. There are even special diets designed to be used in their treatment. Honey in combination with nuts do is useful to increase potency, according to a British study, cited by BBC. Scientists advise each day to take 2-3 hours before sleep rn 100 g walnuts, mixed with a spoonful of honey.
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Cocoa helps most for high blood pressure

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

CocoaAll who are convinced that tea works best for their increased blood pressure, are in error – a piece of chocolate is far more effective, say German scientists. Any food rich in cocoa reduces blood as much as a cup of green or black tea could not show it in the publication of his study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. Its results show that cocoa reduces the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems by 10-20%. And cocoa and tea contain polyphenols – chemical class of substances known to favorably affect the cardiovascular system. However, polyphenols in cocoa are of a different type – pro-cyanids that are more efficient. Polyphenols contained in fruits and vegetables. So now the most popular recommendation for people with cardiovascular problems is to use larger quantities through them. However, Cocoa is rich in these substances is much more effective, say German scientists and warned: “Do not reach for each piece of chocolate – dark would be done only necessary.
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How to reduce the appetite

Monday, October 5th, 2009

FruitsThe reduction of appetite is an important task especially for those who want to lose weight. Almost everyone at some period of his life looking for one way or another to retain or regain their slender figure. In the name of her diet, even those that do not suit us, trying to suppress or reduce their appetite, suffer from hunger. As a result of this increased stress in the body, and has shown that weight removed in a state of stress will then recover. Professionals who are dealing with a healthy diet, consider that to maintain the figure, it is not required to comply with diet. You only need to control the menu and appetite and not overeat. We offer you four ways to reduce the appetite without any loads on the nervous system.
1. Increase fluid intake
Water reduces appetite. Best mineral, but in no event soda. Juices (no sugar or sweetener!) Also help to reduce appetite. Thus, besides being a very effective and is very useful for the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. Glass of water before meals is a wonderful tool for inclusion in the process of digestion and create a feeling of fullness in the stomach and, of course, greatly reduces appetite.
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Chocolate regulate the blood pressure

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

chocolate blood PressureThe optimal blood pressure of a healthy man of middle age is 120/80. If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, your doctor explain to you what to do and you indicated drugs, reducing salt in food, doing exercise, adoption of more calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and potassium. 8 following foods are your faithful helper in the fight against high blood pressure:
Fresh milk cream
Your milk provides vitamin D and calcium, two substances that work as a team in order to reduce the blood 3 to 10 percent. Although it is not able to help and 15% reduction of cardiovascular diseases.
Spinach, sunflower seeds, beans
These foods are full of magnesium, a key element that helps to normalize blood pressure. Also, many potassium further makes spinach, seeds and Boban very relevant to the case.
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