According to the food pyramid, you can eat sweets once or twice a week. Reach for good sweets like dark chocolate, for example. It has not only an excellent taste. Here's why it's worth to eat a few cubes of dark chocolate from time to time.
• Helps in thinking. It contains many compounds that stimulate the brain to work. Therefore, a few cubes of dark chocolate can brighten up the mind, improve concentration, memory, reaction time and facilitate problem solving.
• Adds energy - has the most carbohydrate, magnesium, potassium and iron, but does not contain (or little) sugar! Specialists consider it the best-absorbed, concentrated source of energy.
• Prevents atherosclerosis and blood clots. The natural substances inhibit the oxidation of "bad" cholesterol, protecting us from atherosclerosis and cancer. They help fight infections, regulate the proper tension of the muscles and blood vessels and "make sure" that the platelets do not stick together, preventing the formation of blood clots and stroke.
• Strengthens the heart. Polyphenols contained in the cocoa bean lower blood pressure and prevent a heart attack. Dutch scientists have found that people who regularly eat (or drink) dark chocolate, are less likely to die of a heart attack.
• Filters the kidneys. Thanks to the high content of the alkaloid, theobromine stimulates the kidneys and as a gentle diuretic it cleans them up. This is important information for people who are prone to urinary tract infections.
• Relieves the cough. Recently, researchers have found that theobromine is more effective in inhibiting cough than codeine used so far and does not cause drowsiness. So let's try to save yourself with dark chocolate when you catch a cold.