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Chocolates: Benefits and Gifting

The Mayans were people from the Mesoamerican civilization of Maya who are credited to be the first to discover cocoa as early as 900 A.D. They made a cocoa concoction in those days which was very different from the modern chocolates we see and taste nowadays. Although the concoction tasted like “bitter water”, it was held in such great esteem that they referred to it as the “food of God” owing to its famed healing properties. Ever since chocolate have evolved dramatically buy their health benefits have not faded with this evolution fortunately. So here are few of the health benefits that will convince you to gift this delightful treat to your loved ones and chocolates send to Pakistan for every special occasion.
  1. Powerhouse of Minerals
Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients and dietary fibres which are of extreme importance for the body. 100 grams of good quality dark chocolate with about 70% to 75 % cocoa content usually has as high as 67% of iron, 98% of manganese, 89% of copper and 58% of magnesium of the recommended dietary allowance. However, you must consume small amounts of it as chocolates are also high in calories.
  1. Saves you from Anemia
Anemia id caused mainly when the body does not have enough iron in it which slacks the red blood cell production in the body. Due its high iron content, chocolates can be included in diets to deal with anemia.
  1. Protection from free radicals
The regular metabolic and cellular functions within the body release toxic free radicals as a by-product. There free radicals can have numerous affects on the body in the long run. Antioxidants are compounds like vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which help in neutralizing these perilous free radicals and eliminating them from the body. Chocolates happen to have an abundance of these compounds primarily in the form of flavonoids and polyphenols.
  1. Fights bad cholesterols
Cholesterols are lipid molecules and the lousy type of cholesterol is known as “LDL” or “bad cholesterol” as it contributes in fatty build up in the arteries which narrows them down and restricts blood flow which gives rise to various cardiovascular diseases. Now, the compounds in dark chocolates have been proven to break down LDL and raise the level of “good cholesterols” known as “HDL” which promotes better heart health. HDL is also responsible for carrying LDL into the liver where it is broken down to simpler substances.
  1. For Healthy, Glowing skin
The rich antioxidant content in chocolates improves the health of your skin by fighting free radicals which can have a damaging effect on your skin. They also help in firming up the skin which delays the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. The bioactive compounds in chocolates also protect your skin from sun damage.
  1. The Feel Good Factor
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA) which is the same chemical compound released by the brain when one is in love. Apart from that chocolate is also believed to stimulate the brain o release serotonin. These chemicals encourage you to feel good and lift your mood. So if you had a fight with your friend in Pakistan, it is a good idea to send him or her some cheap chocolates to Pakistan.
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