Health and Wellness Product, are YOU a Chocolate Mess?
By Denise Clarke
Are you a chocolate mess? Health and Wellness Product has uncovered some fun and interesting information on one of the most popular confections.
Chocolate comes in many forms depending on what the manufacturer does with the cocoa beans and the chocolate liquor. Dark and bittersweet chocolate, to the yummy, but not as good for you milk chocolate, to white chocolate which seems to have none of the chocolate benefits, except maybe raising your caloric intake.
Studies are being done as we speak to investigate the health benefits of dark chocolate. The German research is revealing that a small amount of this tasty treat can lower your blood pressure significantly if eaten correctly and not with overindulgence. In other words, it is not a license to go crazy eating chocolate in an attempt to stabilize your BP, but to substitute another yummy treat that normally fits into your diet with a bit of dark chocolate. In addition, the Japanese have done some research on blood sugar levels and insulin with mice. I know, we aren't mice, but these are some of the first studies regarding dark chocolate and blood glucose levels. I am looking forward to their further studies! Over twenty million people in the United States have diabetes and that is a whopping seven percent of the population. Billions of dollars are spent on medical care and prescription drugs, would it not be funny to find out that a tasty bit of healthy chocolate could help save the day?
Some of the fun myths and facts of chocolate are:
Chocolate is known for giving a person quick energy. A single chocolate chip provides sufficient food energy for an adult to walk 150 feet. It has been said that Napoleon carried chocolate with him on his military campaigns for a quick pick me up.
Chocolate is an aphrodisiac for women. The jury is still out on this one. It has not been medically proven that this is the case, but chocolate sure does make me feel good all over just like my other friends who are chocoholics. Chocolate contains hundreds of chemicals including the feel good stimulants like Caffeine, Theobromine, and Phenyethylamine. I know that if I feel good then who knows what could happen in the romance department!
Remember the famous shower scene in the Alfred Hitchcock movie Psycho? The scene with all the blood was actually chocolate syrup, YUM! No wonder it took seven days to shoot the forty five second scene!
Cacao beans were so valuable in ancient Mexico that the Maya and then the subsequent Aztec and Toltec civilizations used them as a means of currency. WOW! Just think, you could pay for your next phone bill with Hershey kisses!
Chocolate is addictive. Hog Wash! Even though it may feel like my head is going to spin around like Linda Blair in the Exorcist, chocolate is not addictive in the way that cocaine or heroin is. Chocolate is simply not a habit forming drug, no matter how overpowering the desire is!
Health and Wellness Product wants bring forth all the important information on products that have come out on the market touting health benefits, and healthy chocolate is one of these. Information is the key. Be informed, we will continue our research.
Denise Clarke is a retired Paramedic and has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years...... to follow her latest blog go to: http://www.healthwellnessproduct.blogspot.com
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