Chocolate has four times the anti-oxidants found in tea. Doesn’t that sound unreal? Well that is what has been proved in a recent study. Researchers say that chocolate, especially dark chocolate has about 53.5 mg of catechins in its every 100 grams. Catechins are known to be a powerful anti-oxidant that fights cancerous cells at the same time helps to prevent heart disease. On the contrary, a 100 ml of black tea includes just 13.9 mg of catechins.
The Chocolate irony
Eating chocolate keeps you healthy. Yes why not. Science has proved that there are several significant health benefits gained by consumption of red wine, so why can this imply for chocolate also? However there would be very few people who would agree to swap their cup of morning tea for a box of truffles. But, there is also an important point that needs to be noted, the quantity of genuine cocoa powder in chocolates may not be as much. More often chocolates contain additional ingredients, which also include saturated fats that tend to overshadow the health benefits that your body would gain from cocoa’s cancer fighting chemicals.
There are cases when the health benefit of chocolate, which is rich in catechins, is not compared to green tea. Moreover, the effectiveness of green tea supplements is based mainly on the hypothesis that 14 cups of green tea have about 400 to 600 mg of catechins. That means that a single cup has only over 28 mg of catechins. So, in any case dark chocolate actually contains more anti-oxidants as compared to green tea.
Eating daily 100 grams of dark chocolate can have lot of health benefits. The antioxidant in dark chocolate has following health benefits:
- Improves blood circulation
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lower the risk of heart disease
- Improves functioning of cells lining the blood vessels
- Boosts the immune system
- Improves digestion
- Prevents other chronic problems
- Reduce the LDL(bad) cholesterol amounts in the body
- Improves the congeniality plus sexuality, and
- Cures various malarial infections
The antioxidants found in the majority of dark chocolates is used to treat patients that are suffering from kidney stones, anemia and poor appetite, thereby adding more to the health benefits of this appetizing foodstuff.
In short, having a cup of green tea along with a chocolate biscuit or say a bit of dark chocolate would be an ideal way to begin the day!