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By Medifit Biologicals






Chocolate is generally the sweet tasting, brown to dark food made from the Theobroma cacao seeds. The seeds are roasted, grounded before being flavored with flavorings such as vanilla.

Chocolate is famous worldwide and is associated with love. How healthy is chocolate? Below are the amazing health benefits of chocolate.


Health benefit 1: Rich in Flavonoids

Chocolate is rich in flavonoids. Flavonoids are chemical substances found in fruits and vegetables and whose function is to protect them from toxin damage. The main flavonoids found inte are flavonols.They improve on cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure as well as improving on blood clotting. They also help prevent cell damage, occasioned by free radicals.


Health Benefit 2: Lowers LDL cholesterol levels.

Chocolate bars have been found to contain plant sterols and cocoa flavonols, both of which a study says help in lowering cholesterol caused by the Low density Lipoprotein or bad fats. This is important for reducing accumulation of cholesterol which has an effect on blood pressure and occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.


Health Benefit 3: Chocolate Improves Memory

Memory declines with age due to decreased blood flow in the working areas of the brain. Chocolate and in particular hot chocolate, was found in a study to help maintain flow of blood in the brain. Chocolate may help ward off early onset of Alzheimer’s disease due to improved blood flow to various parts of the brain through what researchers termed as neurovascular coupling.


Health Benefit 4: Chocolate Improves Cardiovascular Health

Chocolate actually help reduce the risk of heart diseases by one third. Various researches done on it have shown that the polyphenols, antioxidants found in chocolate increase the body’s production of the chemical called nitric oxide. The oxide in turn causes an improvement in blood pressure as well as blood flow.


Health Benefit 5: Chocolate Makes You Smarter

It’s true that chocolate boosts brain power and makes you smarter. Flavonols in chocolate are laden with anti-oxidants which improve circulation especially to the brain. A test conducted on hot cocoa drinkers found that they were more quickly able to more quickly and accurately able to do calculations without getting mentally drained. Yet another study conducted found that taking two cups of cocoa a day for a month in older people improved not only their memories but their thinking processes were enhanced considerably.

Health Benefit 6: Chocolate Boosts your Mood

The phenethylamine in chocolate releases endorphins which are ‘feel good’ hormones. This doubles excitation rates in the parts of brain involved in pleasure and has been on various occasions compared to the feeling we get when we fall in love. Do you want to experience that feel good moment? Well, a blend of cocoa, sugar and caffeine will produce a longer ‘feel good’ f moment you crave for!


Health Benefit 7: Wards off Stress

Owing to its compound anandamide, it triggers similar brain receptors as those triggered by marijuana, giving you relaxation.


Health benefit 8: Chocolate and Longevity

Would you want to prolong your life? Well, a study has found that chocolate may actually lengthen life. The study found that the anti-oxidant in chocolate helped people to live longer than those who did not take chocolate candy. This could perhaps be associated with the effect the anti-oxidants have on the heart such as preventing heart diseases.

Health benefit 9: Ectomorphs and weight gain

Ectomorph people are very slim and thin, completely skinny. For them chocolates are used to gain weight, as it provides simple carbohydrates and fats.


Not looking good for chocolate.

Habitual chocolate intake was recently found to be associated with lower body weight in three cross-sectional epidemiological studies. Our objective was to assess whether these cross-sectional results hold up in a more rigorous prospective analysis.

Our prospective analysis found that a chocolate habit was associated with long-term weight gain, in a dose-response manner. Our cross-sectional finding that chocolate intake was associated with lower body weight did not apply to participants without preexisting serious illness.


Our main finding is that in the ARIC cohort more frequent consumption of chocolate was significantly associated with long-term greater weight gain. This association followed a dose-response-like pattern, with the greatest weight gain seen in participants with the highest frequency of chocolate intake. For instance, compared to participants who ate a chocolate serving less often than monthly, those who ate it 1–4 times a month and at least weekly experienced an increase in BMI (kg/m2) of 0.26 (95% CI: 0.08, 0.44) and 0.39 (0.23, 0.55), respectively, during the six-year study period. For participants of average height (1.68 m) these BMI increases are equivalent to a body weight gain (kg) of 0.73 (95% CI: 0.23, 1.24) and 1.10 (0.65, 1.58), respectively.


Chocolate might decrease the feeling of satiety.

Our finding of a direct association between chocolate intake and weight gain is consonant with the results of a recent randomized-trial that a higher dose of chocolate led to a larger weight gain over a period of three months. In addition to the high caloric density of chocolate, our results could also be partly due to decreased satiety induced by the regular intake of chocolate, as observed in a recent randomized controlled trial.



Eating a few pieces of chocolate each week can improve your cardiovascular health. This is because chocolate — particularly dark chocolate with 70 percent or more cocoa — contains flavonoids. These compounds help to lower your blood pressure and improve your blood cholesterol levels. However, the high fat and caloric content of chocolate can counteract these benefits by causing weight gain if regularly eaten in large amounts.


Weight Gain

Weight gain arises from consuming more calories than you burn. With approximately 3,500 calories in 1 pound of body fat, you can become fat by regularly adding calories to your diet. Chocolate is very high in calories, with 1/3 of a cup of milk chocolate containing 297 calories and the same amount of dark chocolate containing 332 calories. As this is only slightly more than the caloric content of a medium-sized chocolate bar, you can gain more than 1 pound of fat every two weeks if you add a chocolate bar to your diet every day.

LDL Cholesterol

The weight gain that arises from regularly eating chocolate can increase levels of LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol in your bloodstream, resulting in a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. Chocolate is also high in two compounds that can boost your LDL levels: saturated fats and dietary cholesterol. Dark chocolate contains 2 milligrams of cholesterol and 13.6 grams of saturated fats in 1/3 cup, while the same amount of milk chocolate contains 13 milligrams and 10.3 grams of these respective nutrients. As such, eating large amounts of either type can quickly eliminate chocolate’s potential cardiovascular benefits.


Fats and Carbs

Replacing high-carb foods with foods high in monounsaturated fats decreases your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease. In 1/3 cup, dark chocolate contains 7.1 grams of monounsaturated fats and 25.5 grams of carbs, while milk chocolate contains 4 grams of monounsaturated fats and 32.9 grams of carbs. In addition to its more beneficial ratio of monounsaturated fats to total carbs, dark chocolate contains nearly triple the dietary fiber and less than half the sugar of milk chocolate. This combination of higher fiber and lower sugar reduces cravings by helping you to feel fuller for longer periods of time and decreases your risk of developing diabetes. As such, dark chocolate potentially has less of an impact on weight gain than milk chocolate.


Bottom Line

Despite the benefits of dark over milk chocolate, regularly eating either of these products can cause you to become fat. Eating chocolate less frequently or in smaller amounts can help to reduce its impact on your weight. When craving chocolate, another way to indulge your sweet tooth without boosting your body fat is to reach for sweet, filling, high-fiber fruits instead, such as pears. If you simply can’t do without your regular chocolate fix, another way to reduce its impact on your weight is to increase your physical activity level. For example, a 160-pound person can burn an additional 280 calories by walking for 45 minutes at a brisk pace, effectively neutralizing the calories in 1/3 cup of chocolate.



For the persons who are having ectomorphic body, means for whom it becomes very difficult to gain weight, try chocolates.

Chocolates are boon for ectomorphic body type persons. Chocolates will help them to gain the weight easily, but for this gain, ectomorphic persons requires to eat chocolates many times in a day, may be 4 to 5 times in a day.

By Medifit Biologicals