Bitter chocolate is promoted as a super fit snack. And, in fact, you can assume it's right. But why? That's all because of cocoa! To be more precise, raw cocoa beans. Cocoa beans contain a lot of micro elements and minerals. The key component is epicatechin which is a flavonoid. It has strong antioxidant properties.
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Cocoa beans can regenerate cells, delay the effects of ageing, decrease the production and release of free radicals, they are also natural antioxidants.
Cocoa improves mood, reduces the feeling of stress and increases production of endorphines. It contains a lot of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, vitamin A, E and from B group, tryptophan, phenethylamine, polyphenols and flavonoids. It positively influences the functioning of brain and cardiovascular system.
Therefore, it's easy to conclude that the more per cent of cocoa in a bar of chocolate, the better.
However, flavonoids from low-processed cocoa are easier to be absorbed. Cooking, just like processing, destroys valuable antioxidants from chocolate. Whereas, the addition of milk (in milk chocolate) blocks the absorption of polyphenols.
Don't count on numerous health benefits connected with consuming cocoa beans when eating milk chocolate.
The best solution is including raw cocoa beans in your diet. This way you can achieve maximal profits from eating them.
You can prepare you own chocolate with raw cocoa beans. You can also use coconut oil and sugar to prepare it. However, if you decide to buy some bar of chocolate, pay attention to its ingredient list! A good bitter bar of chocolate should contain at least 70% of cocoa. The best situation would be, if there were raw cocoa beans used to production. However, that's not the only component we should pay attention to. The remaining ingredients of a good chocolate bar are: chocolate butter, vanilla and, alternatively, sugar (table, cane or coconut).
What shouldn't you find in chocolate? Soybean lecithin (cheaper substitute of cocoa butter) and plant fats.
And definitely, sugar should not be placed as the first one on the ingredient list.
An ingredient list of a good bar of chocolate is following: cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla.
Bar of bitter chocolate produced by a famous company: sugar, cocoa paste, plant fats, milk fat, emulsifier (soybeans lecithin, E476), aroma. Cocoa paste content – at least 46%.
You should answer yourselves the question, if the other option is worth your attention. Sugar at the first place? Bitter chocolate with 46% of cocoa. It's some kind of mistake.