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This Is What Happens In Your Body After Eating CHOCOLATE | Is CACAO / COCOA Good For Your Health?



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Dr. Carlos:
Indulging in chocolate can be a delightful and surprisingly healthy dessert option, but not the sugary varieties. Let's delve into the properties, benefits, myths, and concerns surrounding the consumption of chocolate, particularly those with over 70% cocoa content.

Cocoa is remarkably rich in antioxidants and healthy fats. These healthy fats play a crucial role in our nutrition, constituting around 30% of our dietary fat intake.

One of the most intriguing aspects of cocoa is its potential to benefit both the heart and the brain. Numerous studies have demonstrated its positive impact on cardiovascular and vascular health due to its antioxidant content and healthy fats. Additionally, cocoa contains precursors to serotonin and phenylethylamine, contributing to mood enhancement and a better balance of redox reactions, which can reduce the risk of stroke.

Another remarkable quality of cocoa is its ability to reduce inflammation, primarily through its control of free radicals. Chronic inflammation is associated with various health issues, and cocoa can help mitigate these risks.

When it comes to anti-aging benefits, cocoa's antioxidant properties shine. Free radicals are known to accelerate skin aging, and by combating them, cocoa can help maintain youthful-looking skin.

Cocoa can also assist in appetite control and insulin regulation, thanks to its satiating effect, which is partly due to the healthy fats it contains. Hormones like leptin, ghrelin, insulin, and neuropeptide Y are modulated by cocoa consumption, aiding in appetite management.

Addressing a common concern, cocoa itself does not produce acne. However, chocolates laden with sugar, milk, and vegetable oils can exacerbate skin issues. Opting for high cocoa-content chocolate can actually help correct such problems.

Regarding addiction and weight gain, cocoa is not inherently addictive. Any potential weight gain is more likely attributed to high-sugar chocolate, not the cocoa itself. In fact, cocoa's benefits may contribute to weight loss due to its positive effects on health and appetite control.

It's essential to note that cocoa can be toxic to pets, particularly due to its theobromine content, which is harmful to dogs and cats. Ensuring it's out of their reach is crucial.

Lastly, the healthy fats found in cocoa, including stearic acid, which doesn't raise LDL cholesterol and converts to oleic acid, as well as palmitic acid, contribute to its overall health benefits.

0:00 There is a very healthy dessert
1:03 Cacao is rich in
1:56 Heart and brain benefits of Cacao
3:10 You can reduce inflammation
3:56 Anti-aging benefits
4:39 You can control your appetite
5:38 Does cacao produce acne
6:21 Is it addictive? I will gain weight?
7:49 It is very toxic for pets
8:23 Healthy Fats of Cacao
10:41 Cacao antioxidants



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