Women will eat more chocolate to relieve menstrual pain before their menstrual period or when they are in a bad mood, but did you know? Not only women love to eat chocolate, but men are also very suitable for eating chocolate. Nutritionist Zhao Hanying said that according to American research and development, men eating chocolate (especially dark chocolate) can reduce the risk of various strokes. However, they still need to have a balanced diet and maintain regular exercise to prepare for the midlife crisis in advance!
A report published in the journal “Neurology” points out that men who eat moderate amounts of chocolate can reduce the risk of various strokes. The most critical factor is that chocolate contains natural phytonutrients “cocoa flavanols” that are beneficial to heart health.
What are cocoa flavanols? Nutritionist Zhao Hanying said that flavanols are natural phytonutrients that are found in cocoa, tea, red wine, fruits and vegetables. The highest content is in cocoa, so cocoa beans can also be called the most delicious food in nature. The amazing “super fruit”.
Chocolate contains heart-healthy natural phytonutrients called cocoa flavanols.
4 benefits of chocolate
Benefits of eating chocolate 1: Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
Research from the University of Cambridge shows that eating chocolate regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by one-third. A recent Australian scientific study pointed out that consuming dark chocolate every day for 10 years can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke in some high-risk patients. Some scientists have also discovered that eating chocolate can also reduce hypotension.
Benefits of eating chocolate 2: Preventing dementia in the elderly
Harvard Medical School in the United States once conducted a test on a group of elderly people and found that the antioxidant flavanols in chocolate can improve the brain and blood vessels, accelerate cerebral blood flow, help activate the brain blood vessels of the elderly, maintain memory, and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Heimer’s disease.
Benefits of eating chocolate 3: Weight loss effect
In addition, for middle-aged obese men, eating cocoa has a weight loss effect. Studies have shown that drinking a cup of hot cocoa in the morning can increase the body’s metabolic rate by 10-15%. In other words, after drinking hot cocoa, Within 3 hours, the body consumes 30 more calories per hour than usual without drinking cocoa. A US study pointed out that people who eat chocolate several times a week will weigh less than people who hardly eat chocolate. Cocoa also contains “lignin”, which is a substance favored by probiotics in the body and helps maintain healthy intestines and smooth bowel movements.
Cocoa also contains “lignin”, which is a substance favored by probiotics in the body and helps maintain healthy intestines and smooth bowel movements.
Benefits of eating chocolate 4: Chocolate adds milk to supplement calcium
Adding milk to chocolate also has the effect of supplementing calcium, because milk contains a large amount of calcium. When combined with the glucose calcium in chocolate, it can form easily absorbed calcium lactose and calcium lactate. If middle-aged men do not pay attention to calcium supplementation on a daily basis, bone calcium loss will accelerate. Then it will be very difficult to know how to supplement calcium.
[Tips from a nutritionist]:
Nutritionist Zhao Hanying said that 1 cup of hot cocoa, which is about 375ml, has about 180 calories. Assuming that you drink 2 cups a day, it will reach 360 calories. 2 cups of hot chocolate a day is appropriate. If you overdose, you still worry about taking in too many calories. There is a risk of obesity.
In addition to simply drinking hot cocoa, it can also be brewed with milk or other drinks. For middle-aged men who work a lot, it can improve blood circulation, effectively prevent cardiovascular diseases, and avoid strokes. In addition, it is also necessary to maintain a balanced diet and regular exercise to avoid hidden diseases in the mid-life crisis.-