Chocolate has long been touted as being healthy for humans. But, is some chocolate healthier than others? What it is about this yummy food that can help our body? Or it it just a myth?
1. Dark Chocolate Rules
Why? It contains something called epicatechin, a nutrient found in plants. It’s most high in dark chocolate, less so in milk chocolate. But, watch out for white chocolate, it does not contain any.
2. How Does It Work?
Epicatechin helps those cells that line the blood vessels to release extra nitric oxide. The nitric oxide dilates blood vessels. This, in turn, increases blood circulation to such organs as the brain and heart.
3. But, That’s Not All
This magic plant nutrient also helps muscle cells to absorb more blood sugar, thus creating more energy. Ultimately, it increases the passage of oxygen into the cells.
4. The Results Were Amazing
In the most recent study, bicyclists were fed both white and dark chocolate. Those who ate the dark chocolate performed better in tests, just after 2 weeks of eating the dark chocolate.
5. What’s The Upshot?
Dark chocolate appears to help recreational athletes the most. As of now, scientists don’t know the ideal amount of dark chocolate most ideal to consume.