Why should you have Chocolates for Breakfast?

Believe it or not, in the early 16th century hot chocolate was considered a health drink. In the earlier days before the uses of cocoa were discovered by the Spanish men, people of the older era in parts of Mexico used to boil cocoa seeds in water and drank it as a regular beverage (kind of like the hot chocolate of those days). In those days the concoction was considered an energy drink! Crushed cocoa beans were often also used for medicinal purposes. Well that was before sugar or salt begun to be added to the drink for taste and much later the chocolate that we know of today came into existence.

If you think making chocolates a part of your breakfast diet will result in gaining extra pounds, then you’re in for a big surprise. Turns out that eating a certain amount of chocolate for breakfast might just help you lose weight. This is because metabolic rate in the human body is the highest in mornings. So it might just not be harmful to divulge in a slice of chocolate cake along with your coffee for breakfast (because coffee tastes best with chocolate. Doesn’t it?).

Enhances mood
There is a reason that chocolates make you happy and it’s not just the idea of eating a chocolate.
Endorphins present in chocolates are said to improve our mood by making you happy, reducing the feeling of pain and also reducing stress levels. Endorphins are chemicals that are linked to the receptors in the brain which produce the feelings of happiness and euphoria. Chocolates also contain amino acids tryptophan which gets converted into serotonin. Serotonin is a neuro-transmitter that is said to be a natural anti-depressant.

Chocolates are a rich source of magnesium. Very few foods that are a part of our daily diet contain magnesium. Magnesium helps to reduce stress by controlling the release of stress hormone-cortisol.

What’s better than to start your day with a happy mood? All it takes is a small amount of chocolate for breakfast.

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants due to the heavy presence of cocoa content in it. Cocoa contains various antioxidants like flavonoids which include flavonols, procyanidins, epicatechins and catechins. These antioxidants play a very beneficial role by preventing our body from diseases.

Reduces heart diseases
According to various studies, consuming chocolate can reduce the risk of heart related diseases or more specifically cardio metabolic diseases by one-third. In order to know this we must understand the reason. This is how:

There are two types of cholesterol present in our body- HDL (High-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein). LDL is the bad cholesterol which clogs our arteries over a period of time. A large blockage of arteries can result in a heart attack or a stroke. To prevent this from happening HDL the “good” cholesterol helps remove the LDL from the arteries and carries it to the liver where these can be broken down and passed from the body. Low levels of HDL are linked to the increased risk of heart diseases.

So consuming chocolates can lower the level of LDL cholesterol by ten percent, lower blood pressure and also increase the HDL levels.

Improves memory and brain function
Drinking hot chocolate two times a day is said to reduce memory loss in older people and boost brain function. It was found out that hot chocolate improves blood flow in required parts of the brain. This is due to flavonoids naturally present in cocoa which protects the cells. In a recent study, the researchers found out that an extract of cocoa called lavado has the ability to reduce or prevent damage to the nerve pathways of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Hence cocoa can help prevent and slow down symptoms of cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurological diseases by taking preventive care of the brain and the nerves.

Protects your skin against the Sun
Now we have got a backup sun screen here! Antioxidants protect us here too. Flavonoids in dark chocolate absorb UV light and increase the blood flow to the skin. Also this function keeps our skin hydrated and maintains its complexion.

All in all, I would say chocolate is definitely recommended, especially if you are a chocolate lover! Safe to say, ‘a chocolate (piece) a day, keeps bad mood away

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