Chocolate is a girl’s best friend. What, you thought it was diamonds? Well, you would be wrong since not every woman even wants one. Diamonds sparkle, they are pretty and (of course) are worth a lot but not everyone has access to one, and diamonds cannot do magical things like change our mood.
We can; however, get our hands on some sweet tasting, calming your nerves instantly, and turning a bad evening into a good one piece of chocolate. Yes, chocolate can put a smile on your face like no other.
Chocolate actually comes from trees or a small tropical tree called the Theobrama cacao or more commonly “cacao” which is native to Central and South America. However, it is grown commercially throughout the tropics and about 70% of the world’s cacao is grown in Africa.
The beans or pods are harvested from the trees and then fermentation begins. After up to a week of fermentation (it depends on the type of bean) the beans are laid out to dry in the sun for a week. Once the beans are dry, they are then shipped off to factories to be turned into chocolate.
Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Now chocolate or cocoa powder has more benefits than just putting a smile on your face or calming a sweet tooth craving. The Cacao bean is referred to as cocoas once the beans have been cleaned and roasted. Once it has been turned into cocoa powder, it is a great resource to our heart and brain health.
Eating cacao foods several times a day has been shown to decrease the likelihood of having a heart attack or even a stroke according to clinical studies published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Journal of Internal Medicine.
Now when consuming chocolate for its benefits, remember dark chocolate has health benefits not seen in other varieties. Make sure your dark chocolate has at least 70 percent cocoa content and is preferably unsweetened.
Dark Chocolate and our hair
Cocoa can reduce blood pressure and improve our cholesterol levels but did you know it can actually help address our hair loss issues? Cocoa is rich in magnesium*; a mineral that helps to combat hair loss.
It increases blood circulation to the scalp, which leads to better hair growth and gorgeous tresses. It is known to give the hair sheen and with all the anti-inflammatory properties, it can minimize the chances of scalp infections. Dark chocolate is full of minerals that aid in cell renewal like iron*, copper* and zinc*.
Originally posted 2013-12-10 15:00:06.