#Repost @drsohaibimtiaz ・・・
A study module done by my colleague @drsohaibimtiaz into this VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC 🍫- especially with Christmas on its way 🎄.
Is Chocolate healthy?
Only if it’s Dark Chocolate containing at least ‘70% cocoa content’ as it has been shown to have several health benefits if eaten in small amounts. However, caution needs to be taken as Chocolate can be a calorie-dense food with high fat and sugar content. -
In my first year at medical school I conducted an in depth review of the scientific literature.
1. High number of antioxidants (high concentration of the polyphenols- epicatechin, cathechin and procyanidin) which neutralise free radicals (responsible for cellular damage and can play a part in the development of some chronic diseases). -
2. Cardiovascular benefits- increased endothelial Nitric Oxide which causes vasodilation, a decrease in LDL oxidation (bad cholesterol) and a decrease in the levels of inflammatory marker mediators. Subsequently leading to a reduction in inflammation.
3. Brain function- increases synthesis of serotonin (the feel good hormone) which also increases alertness. -
The reason why we feel so good after consuming chocolate is down to the endorphin -‘anandamide’ which exists in cocoa and is also released after we exercise. It binds to the cannabinoid receptor (which the active substance in marijuana also binds to) in turn causing us to feel elated.