In today’s lesson I learned about the cocoa plant, from which the actually very healthy chocolate is made. Oh, and I’m not taking about the regular everyday milk chocolate – I’m talking about dark chocolate, unprocessed pure dark chocolate. This stuff may be a bit bitter but you get used to it after a while. Anyways, this drug can apparently decrease risk of heart and brain problems, protect the brain from strokes, and relieve anxiety, and none of this would have been found had the ancient Aztecs invented the first chocolate – Xocolatl. When you pronounce it right it sounds something like chocolate.
The powerful properties contained by the chocolate can be received by eating about 7 grams of chocolate a day for two weeks. The first of the properties is the decreasing of risk of heart disease or brain problems. This is activated by the proteins and good acid in the chocolate, eating the bad stuff. The second is the protection of the brain. The chemicals in the chocolate are many, but one of them, called epicatechin, simulates a neurological pathway in your brain, which the brain sees as a signal to get ready for some type of attack on the brain, and therefore saving a lot of sadness on the part of the victim’s family. And no one really knows how chocolate relieves stress.
But that’s the three powerful health benefits of eating dark chocolate. See you in the next post!