6-7 grams of chocolate a day protect us against the onset of old age, except that, as is known, improve our mood. A group of scientists from the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition, Pelsilvania, came to the conclusion after a series of experiments. From their work on the effect of cocoa beans, they definitely come to the conclusion that cocoa is invaluable and actually slows down the aging process in the body.
In studies, the properties of flavonoids and antioxidants of cocoa were compared with those of a number of other sources, including fruits.
Antioxidants and flavonoids are interesting substances in themselves, scientists comment, because they are formed in plants in response to protection from the effects of various aggressive environmental factors, including oxidants. Unfortunately, the human body does not have such an ability and anti-aging substances can only be obtained from external sources, through nutrition.
The research team points out that white chocolate, although its name has its roots in the ancient Inca drink, does not include valuable ingredients. The antioxidants and flavonoids of cocoa are preserved in the most concentrated form of ground beans - natural (dark) chocolate with a high content of cocoa and a strong shock drink.