Happy Chocolate Day!

Rejoice Wellness wishes you, “Happy Chocolate Day!”

According to legends, World Chocolate Day is celebrated on July 7th to remember that it was on this date in 1550 that chocolate was first brought to Europe. Before that, chocolate was available only in specific countries and regions including Mexico and Central America.

As we know the first World Chocolate Day was celebrated in 2009.

If you eat a chocolate every day, there is an obvious risk of accumulating a major fats and developing obesity.

However, a little chocolate has health benefits.

We all know the Chocolate is made from the seed of the cacao tree.

  • And Cacao is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.
  • A recent Harvard study suggested that a bit of high-quality dark chocolate one to three times a month may protect women from heart failure.
  • Good quality dark chocolate is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and a few other minerals. However 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of dark chocolate also brings 600 calories and moderate amounts of sugar.
  • The Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a chemical. It is the same chemical that’s released in the brain during moments of emotional euphoria. It also contains anandamide, a fatty acid neurotransmitter that makes you feel more relaxed and less anxious.
  • Dark chocolate lowers the susceptibility of LDL to oxidative damage while increasing HDL and improving insulin sensitivity.
  • Studies show that the flavanols from cocoa can improve blood flow to the skin and protect it from sun damage.
  • Cocoa or dark chocolate may improve brain function by increasing blood flow.
  • Eating 30 g (about one ounce) of chocolate every day during pregnancy might benefit fetal growth and development, according to a study presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

The recommended “dose” is approximately 1 to 2 ounces or 30-60g, experts say. Indulge in anything more than that, and you may be consuming too many calories.

But keep in mind that cocoa contains caffeine and related chemicals. 

Eating large amounts might cause caffeine-related side effects such as nervousness, increased urination, sleeplessness, and a fast heartbeat. Cocoa can cause allergic skin reactions, constipation, and might trigger migraine headaches.