Once chocolates used to have bad reputation for causing cavity and weight gain among kids and children. Today, chocolate is lauded for its tremendous antioxidant potential. Studies have shown that higher the cocoa content in chocolates, the more health benefits are.
What are the Chocolates ingredients and its benefit
The main ingredient of chocolates is cocoa. Cocoa is rich in antioxidants, it provides cardiovascular benefits by reducing inflammation, protecting the skin from oxidative damage and helping to improve cognitive function and mood.
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you are feeling good. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.
Know the types of Chocolates and all about its Nutrition
This is made of cocoa bean that has been mixed with sugar, butter, condensed milk or milk powder. One can use it for, cookies, cakes, cereals, beverages, toppings, flavorings, decorations, etc. Please note that it has high content of fat and sugar. So, whenever you are offering this to your children just take care of the portion size, this way you can best control the fat and sugar intake.
White chocolate is typically made from a blend of cocoa butter (pale yellow vegetable fat), milk solids, sugar, milk, fat and lecithin (a fatty emulsifier). Since it does not contain Cocoa, white chocolate is not considered as a chocolate. What you should check about white chocolates is the color. If it’s more white and less ivory in color, beware of supplemental vegetable oils and fats or artificial color and additives, these are added to enhance the flavor.
Dark chocolate is made by combining cocoa solids, cocoa butter and sugar. It may contain milk or no milk at all. This is slightly bitter in taste and flavor because of its main ingredient cocoa.
If your child is engaged in some sports activity or he/she is an athlete, dark chocolate may help to boost the performance level. Dark chocolate is associated directly in raising the good cholesterol level in the body i.e. known as high density lipoproteins (HDL). Research suggests that these chocolates have neuroprotective effects.
How to select the chocolate wisely
All three of these different types of chocolate provide about 1 gram of protein, 8 to 9 grams of sugar and about 4.5 grams of fat (mostly saturated fat). Milk chocolate and white chocolate provide small amounts of calcium, while dark chocolate contains a little bit of dietary iron.
We have different choices when it comes to chocolate selection. Some prefer bitter dark chocolate, while others crave for the sweeter milk and white chocolates. But did you know that one type is significantly healthier than the rest? Which one is it?
If you are looking for the healthiest chocolate type, go for the Dark chocolates because of the presence of flavonoids and antioxidants in the cocoa seeds.
- The next time if you feed chocolate to your children, you may not have to feel guilty about it. The recent discovery of biologically active phenolic compounds in cocoa has changed this perception.
- The researchers of Harvard Medical School found that hot chocolate helps in improving blood flow to parts of the brain where it is needed.
- Eating chocolate during pregnancy may benefit fetal growth and development.
- Beneficial in major heath challenges as autism, obesity and diabetes.