This is a résumé of the previous
. My purpose is to http://www.emilioshop.com/inform you
about the chocolate effects on health, and, more specifically, to bring you up
to date with the latest research.
To start with, I’d like to describe briefly the evolution
of chocolate through the years. The story of chocolate, as far back as we know
it, begins with the discovery of America.
The Court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella got its
first look at the principal ingredient of chocolate when Columbus returned in
triumph from America and offered a treasure to the Spanish thrown. It was the
cocoa beans, today’s source of all our chocolate and cocoa.
The Spanish had used
these cocoa beans to prepare a delicious hot drink. The new drink quickly won
friends, especially among the Spanish aristocracy. Spain wisely proceeded to
plant cacao in its overseas colonies, which gave birth to a very profitable
business. Remarkably enough, the Spanish succeeded in keeping the art of the
cocoa industry a secret from the rest of Europe for nearly a hundred years.
Spanish monks, who had been consigned to process the cocoa
beans, finally let the secret out. It did not take long before chocolate was
acclaimed throughout Europe as a delicious, health-giving food.
The 19th Century marked two revolutionary
developments in the history of chocolate. In 1847, an English company introduced
solid “eating chocolate”. The second development occurred in 1876 in Vevey,
Switzerland, when Daniel Peter devised a way of adding milk to the chocolate,
creating the product we enjoy today known as milk chocolate.
Let’s move on to the effect of chocolate on health. Many
of the old myths have given a balanced picture of chocolate and cocoa products
and their relation to health and nutrition.
Chocolate and Acne: Over the past two decades, research
revealed that chocolate neither causes nor aggravates acne. In research
conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, two groups of
teenagers who had acne conditions, both experiencing the same living, dining and
physical activities. One group avoided all chocolate for four weeks, the other
included a minimum of three bars in their daily diet. After four weeks, clinical
observations showed no significant changes in the acne conditions in either
Chocolate and Caffeine: The amount of caffeine ingested
when people eat chocolate in normal quantities is very small, about the same as
the amount found in a cup of decaffeinated coffee.
Chocolate and Dental Caries: It is widely accepted that
all foods containing “fermentable carbohydrates” have the potential to
contribute to caries formation. Although chocolate contains fermentable
carbohydrates, research at the Forsyth Dental Center in Boston and at the
University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine has shown that cocoa and
chocolate have the ability to offset the acid-producing potential of the sugar
Turning to Milk chocolate, research proved that it
contains high quantity of protein, calcium, phosphate and other minerals which
have all exhibited protective effects on tooth.
Chocolate and Nutrients: Chocolate provides a number of
nutrients the body requires daily: Protein, riboflavin, calcium, and iron.
Almonds, peanuts and milk added to chocolate increase the nutrients in a bar.
Chocolate and Weight Control: More important in
controlling weight is the total number of calories consumed each day and the
amount of energy expended in physical activity. Overweight people are generally
less active than those of normal weight; thus, they may remain overweight even
when their caloric intake is reasonable or even limited. Moreover, many people
overestimate the calories in chocolate. A 1.4 ounce milk chocolate bar contains
approximately 210 calories.
Chocolate and Cocoa Butter: Research has shown that cocoa
butter, despite its high saturated fat content, does not raise blood cholesterol
levels as do other saturated fats. This due to its high satiric acid content
that may reduce levels of cholesterol in the blood.
To summaries, as a chocoholic, I advise you to change that
bad idea you have about chocolate. And eat chocolate everyday because it is so