8 Proven Health Benefits of Pure Chocolate/Cacao
Everyone loves chocolate. But everyone also knows that chocolate is not necessarily healthy for you.
In general, chocolate is packed with added sugar. And these added sugars are unhealthy. They cause overweight, type 2 diabetes and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
And we should not have that.
But what if there is a variant in which there are few added sugars and which consists mainly of cocoa and healthy substances? That is the case with dark chocolate. This is called black chocolate. This chocolate contains many healthy substances that have a positive effect on your body. You learn what these are in this article.
In addition, you will learn in this article:
- Which substance in cocoa is so healthy
- How chocolate can make you feel happier
- Why chocolate works well against type 2 diabetes
- How cocoa affects your cholesterol levels
- How chocolate can lower your blood pressure
Chocolate and the amount of cocoa
… you give it when it is valentines day.
… you eat it when you are sad.
… it is the favorite candy of almost every person in the world.
And I think I can go on about the positive points of chocolate.
It is indeed very tasty. I also like it very much. But I also know that it is very unhealthy. Especially in the form that is eaten by most people.
Most people prefer to eat milk or white chocolate. And now let these two be the least healthy. Why?
Because these two types of chocolate are packed with added sugars.
Added sugars are not healthy for you at all. Preferably you avoid it at all times.
Then there is still one type of chocolate left, and that is pure chocolate. This form of chocolate is healthier many times. This only has to do with the reduced amount of sugars. But here too you can make a distinction between how healthy dark chocolate is.
Chocolate is already mentioned purely when it consists of 35% cocoa. And believe me when I say that there is still a lot of sugar in these bars. So it is only a marketing trick to make it look healthier.
When I talk about dark chocolate, I mean black chocolate that consists of at least 70% cocoa.
Chocolate comes in the following forms:
- White chocolate (contains only cocoa butter, but no solid cocoa components)
- Milk chocolate (minimum 25% cocoa)
- Pure chocolate (minimum 35% cocoa)
- Black chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa)
Cocoa contains many healthy substances. Chocolate is, therefore, healthier as the number of cocoa increases. There is chocolate that consists of 99% cocoa. This is the healthiest, but also very bitter. I personally do not like this, but it is the best form of chocolate to get inside.
Even chocolate that consists of 70% cocoa is pretty bitter. But you can get used to this type of chocolate very well.
Officially, the name black chocolate does not exist. When I talk about dark chocolate in this article, I am talking about chocolate that consists of at least 70% cocoa.
Everybody just needs to get that through their head.
How is chocolate made?
We owe the existence of chocolate to the cocoa bean. In the past, a drink was already made from the cocoa bean in Latin America. This drink was then introduced in Spain making it known in Europe.
In 1847, a British company then discovered how to make solid chocolate. Most cocoa beans come from West Africa.
The beans are first cleaned. Beans are thrown on a sieve after which twigs and other dirty components are filtered out. Then the cocoa beans come in a large drum in which they are heated. This causes the shell to become detached from the bean.
The shell is then separated from the beans. The peels are then sucked up, leaving only the contents of the cocoa bean. This is also called the nip.
The nipples are roasted to bring out the taste. More than 50% of the nip consists of fat or cocoa butter. The nips are ground first, thereby softening the cocoa butter. A liquid mass is created, which is also called cocoa liquor. By means of pressing you can extract the cocoa butter from this. Then only cocoa powder remains.
Finally, they combine the components cocoa powder, sugar and cocoa butter for dark chocolate to make chocolate.
Preferably as much as possible cocoa powder and cocoa butter and as little sugar as possible;)
Now you are of course curious what makes that pure (black) chocolate so healthy? I’ll explain that below.