How should you eat chocolate? (Part 1)

Chocolate is the favorite dish of many people. Currently, there are many rumors about chocolate, saying that this is a drug because it has many medicinal properties, can treat depression, cancer, cardiovascular, blood pressure.

Chocolate works like tea and coffee

First of all, we need to know that chocolate is a product made from a plant called cacao tree (scientific name Theobroma cacao, Steruliaceae), originated from Central America. After the Spanish colonists discovered cocoa in the 16th century, the trees were planted in many other tropical regions. Theobroma name of cacao is of Greek origin, meaning “food of the god” (Food of the Gods), because at the time of the name, the tree was very famous for its food value. The name for chocolate, which comes from the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs in Central America means “bitter water,” because when not processed chocolate has a bitter taste.

From fermented and roasted cocoa beans, cocoa powder and butter are removed. From cocoa powder, through processing, combining milk, sugar and vanilla flavoring into chocolate in many forms: bars, candies, cakes, ice cream, etc. Chocolate itself is high in fat (22%) and has two. The most significant are theobromin (2.7%) and caffeine (0.3%).

It is these two substances that have made chocolate have some pharmacological effects, both helping to treat some diseases, but at the same time users must pay attention because there may be some unwanted effects.

Theobromin and caffeine (caffeine is mainly found in tea and coffee) have a similar structure and are in the chemical group called xanthin (consisting mainly of three substances: theobromin, caffeine and theophyllin; particularly theophyllin is very famous for treating asthma. asthma because of bronchiectasis). The effects of tea and coffee are due to caffeine and the effect of chocolate by theobromin. However, in fact, the effects of these products are similar because when caffeine is injected into the body, the result is partially transformed into theobromine.