Chocolate is a food made of roasted and ground seeds of Theobroma cacao. It is made in form of bars, blocks, liquid, or paste, and typically sweet and brown despite the one called white chocolate. It has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. Most people love chocolate. It is tasty and has some benefits for health. There is some recent research proving that chocolate is beneficial for health.
Research Showing the Benefits of Chocolate
According to a research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, consuming chocolate can increase the tolerance in the digestive tract and reduce its inflammation because chocolate contains tryptophan, an alpha amino acid which is able to form protein. This research uses a sterile and alive lab rat to find out the benefits of consuming this kind of protein on the rat so it is given a high protein diet. The result shows that there is a development of immunity cells affecting the tolerance of digest tract. It is indicated that high protein diet can increase the immunity of Lactobacillus Reuteri living in the digest tract.
Besides, consuming chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is good for heart health. However, according to the study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, it should be consumed less than 170 grams per week. This research is conducted by analyzing atrial fibrillation cases from 55.502 participants in Denmark. Their health records are compared to their diets, especially on chocolate consumption per week. The result shows that participants consuming 28.35 grams of dark chocolate per week have 17 percent lower risk of atrial fibrillation. On the other hand, the other participants consuming 56.7 to 170 grams of dark chocolate have much lower risk at 20 percent. The percentage of the risk decreases to 16 percent as the dark chocolate consumption increased to more than 170 grams a week.