Fight Tooth Decay With Chocolate?
Because of cacao’s antibacterial properties, dark chocolate may significantly reduce the incidence of plaque, bacteria, and tooth decay. This is based on the studies published in British Dental Journal .
Could chocolate be considered a “superfood,” or “superfruit” ?
Researchers found the antioxidant activity of dark chocolate and cocoa powder was equivalent to or higher than that found in some other so-called “super fruit” powders or juices, including acai berry, blueberry, cranberry, and pomegranate.
What makes chocolate a “superfood”?
Chocolate is produced from cacao, which contains powerful concentrations of polyphenols, flavonoids, and antibacterial properties.
Researchers stress that these benefits apply only to dark chocolate – not milk chocolate – and the higher the natural concentration of cacao, the better.
The extract of cacao,contains theobromine, a bitter constituent of a number of plants, including the beans used to make chocolate. A chemical cousin to caffeine, this compound is also a stimulant—and doesn’t taste the least bit chocolaty.
That said, theobromine does show promise in fighting cavities. In preliminary tests, Tulane scientists have shown that this chemical—which chocolate-lovers regularly consume—strengthens teeth better than fluoride.
Theobromine’s effect on the crystalline structure of teeth offers an additional benefit. For protecting our choppers from erosion by acids, it outperforms an equal concentration of the sodium fluoride found in most toothpastes. That suggests that it could limit the ravages of the acid-producing bacteria responsible for most tooth decay.
Other Benefits of Chocolate
Better cardiovascular health
Cacao is rich in polyphenols, a molecule that can significantly improve cardiovascular health by increasing the bio-availability of nitric oxide, which leads to improvements in blood pressure, insulin resistance, and blood lipid levels.”These substances help keep the arteries healthy and are protective against cardiovascular disease,” says preventive cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, in an email. “When looking for a sweet snack, a square of dark chocolate might, in fact, be your healthiest choice!”
Lower risk of diabetes
• Thanks again topolyphenols, researchers found that individuals who consumed about 40g of dark chocolate daily cut their risk of developing diabetes in half.
Lower body fat percentage
• Antioxidants indark chocolate reduce inflammation and help alleviate the production of thestress hormones that would otherwise cause weight gain.
Improve mental well-being
• Cacao can promote feelings of calm, clarity, and bliss by stimulating the production of phenethylamine while regulating serotonin.
Other benefits include increased mental clarity and improved management of stress.
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