September 13 is International Chocolate Day and we want you to celebrate it as it deserves! To do this, we tell you how to choose a healthy chocolate and what benefits it will provide you.
Choose a good chocolate
Not all chocolates are harmful to health nor are all dark chocolate bars healthy. Since chocolate is a mixture of cocoa and sugar, the most important thing to choose a good bar is to look at the amount of cocoa it contains. It must be the main ingredient and be present in a percentage greater than 75%. This way you will take advantage of its benefits without incorporating a large amount of sugars.
Cocoa, a very ancient superfood
Cocoa is the fruit of the tree cocoa tree either Theobroma cacao , native to America. For consumption, the seeds are extracted from the inside, fermented, dried, toasted and ground to obtain the cocoa paste used in foods such as chocolate. It contains a large number of properties and that is not something new. In fact, the Mayan civilization already saw its nutritional value and it was even considered as a medicinal ingredient. It is rich in fiber, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals (iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium), theobromine (like caffeine but without a stimulating effect) and, above all, in flavonoids. Thanks to this, it is considered a very energetic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory superfood, ideal for well-being.
The benefits of cocoa
Its many properties and high nutritional value provide multiple health benefits by taking between 1 and 2 ounces a day:
- Improves elasticity, hydration and natural photo-protection of the skin.
- It is a natural antidepressant: Improves mood, humor, pleasure and sexual desire.
- Reduces stress.
- Thanks to flavonoids, it reduces blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Increases memory and cognitive functions.
- It regulates intestinal transit and produces a satiating, diuretic and relaxing effect.
- Prevents oxidative stress diseases: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cataracts.
- Provides energy.
At GGcare, we want to remind you of the importance of taking a break and what better way to accompany it than with an ounce of chocolate, right?
So, choose a good chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa and don't hesitate to enjoy it and its benefits daily!