A Priest, a Rabbi and a bunny walk into a bar… not quite what you’d expect, right? Just wait for it!
We are here to talk about chocolate. Yes, chocolate. The dark brown desert that comes first into your mind when you think about something sweet. We think about it as an ultimate reward, we crave it and fantasies about it, but we almost always experience remorse after we finish a whole bar in just a couple of seconds.
What is it about chocolate that makes us so addicted to it and how does it influence our health?
It has been around for over a century, the Aztecs believed that cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, was a gift from the God of wisdom. As it turns out they weren’t far from the truth.
An appropriate amount of chocolate with high concentrations of cocoa, can make you smarter. It’s not a wander pill that will raise your I.Q. by 30 points, but it will increase the blood flow to your brain and a well irrigated brain is much more efficient.
Cocoa has a rather interesting effect on our mood as well. Feelings are not just the result of events in our life, they are under the influence of hormones and other chemicals. This is where chocolate can come in and saves the day. It is rich in nutrients that stimulate the production of “happy hormones”, those chemicals that act at a neurological level to change the way we view life. Ingesting cocoa forces your body to release serotonin and dopamine, which are natural anti-depressants. This is why when you feel down you need to overcompensate with chocolate.
Cocoa contains polyphenol flavonoids, which are antioxidants that offer protection for your cardiovascular system and prevent cell destruction, which can occur under the influence of stress and toxins. The flavonoids contained, also help the body adapt better to insulin. This means that they can be beneficial for those suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Dark chocolate is high in minerals like Copper, Iron, Magnesium and potassium, and this is why hot chocolate is offered as a recovery drink after intense physical training.
The down side
Commercial chocolate doesn’t always contain the highest quality ingredients so it sometimes happens to be rich in sugars and fats, which have bad reflection on our fitness status. Even the healthiest type of chocolate has a calorie count that would make us stop reading labels, for the sake of sanity.
Nevertheless, chocolate became famous for a reason. It’s smooth, creamy, and sensual, and it can simply make our troubles disappear. So, if you manage to eat a moderate amount, and to choose the dark one over all the other attractive varieties, you can benefit greatly from this luxurious temptation.
You must be wondering what happened with the Priest and the Rabbi. Well….they decided to share and eat the bunny, which was made of chocolate, since it was Easter and we can all agree that chocolate has no Religion.