From studies on animal models to animal trials, findings from a work show that cocoa has a broad range of biological effects that are consistent with the hypothesis of its benefits. For example, evidence suggests that cocoa may have potent antioxidant and antiviral activities. Humans and animal research found that cocoa reduces LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides and has positive effects on glucose and insulin. In the long run cocoa might also lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Is Cocoa really healthy ?
Even though cocoa is a very versatile food, it’s still a poor source of fiber and other nutrients. That, in turn, explains why chocolate does more harm than good. While eating chocolate could give people a temporary feeling of sweetness, it is also the body’s way of turning sugar into energy. If a person eats too much sugar and gets hooked on chocolate, well, that’s when diabetes and obesity can ensue. however healthy adults eating real chocolate in moderation can find the above-mentioned benefits of cocoa.
It’s one of those questions that is tough to answer accurately, because there are so many variables. But my guess is that some of the cocoa’s health benefits may accrue only when consumed in moderation. If people start overeating it to the point it causes diabetes and other health problems, then the entire point of eating it for health benefits will backfire.
You don’t need to eat super-processed cocoa to get some of the health benefits, but the kind you eat may be important. The good news: There are lots of foods that have similar, or even greater, health benefits. The healthy options out there don’t have to be super sweet or super chocolatey to reap the health benefits of cocoa.
Final Verdict ?
With all of this in mind, I suggest having a little chocolate now and again isn’t bad for you. But if you are one of those people who can’t just have a small piece without eating the entire bar, then its probably best to avoid it all together.
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