Useful and harmful properties of cocoa
Cocoa is rich in vitamin-mineral composition: it contains vitamin A and E, b vitamins, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, etc. About 10-15% cocoa powder is fat, but they are polyunsaturated, so this drink does not increase the concentration of cholesterol in the blood. But only on the condition that for the preparation of cocoa has been used water or skim milk.
In cocoa little caffeine, so it can be drunk by people who are contraindicated for coffee. While cocoa has toning properties due to the part of its membership theophylline, which stimulates the nervous system and dilates blood vessels, and theobromine, which helps to concentrate. The
chemicals act on the body much milder than caffeine.
Very valuable components included in cocoa, are phenylethylamine and tryptophan. These substances improve mood and provide a mild antidepressant effect. In addition to this, cocoa contains the melanin that protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation, and powerful antioxidants – flavonoids, improves the state of cardiovascular system and slow the aging process.
Despite the many beneficial properties, cocoa when its excessive consumption can cause the body harm. The fact is that cocoa powder has high content of copper and lead. But an excess of these nutrients is not the best way affects the health. In addition cocoa beans contain purines. By themselves, these substances needed by the body, however, too high concentrations of purines can lead to the accumulation of uric acid, which adversely affects the condition of the joints. kidney and bladder.
However, moderate consumption of cocoa will bring the body only benefits. From this drink should refrain only people suffering from gout, sclerosis, atherosclerosis, kidney disease and diabetes. Try not to give your cocoa children up to three years.
Unfortunately, the main harm. which can cause the body this aromatic drink, not because of the natural properties of cocoa seeds and the specifics of their treatment. The fact that most cocoa beans are grown in poor African and Latin American countries in unsanitary conditions. The discovery of seeds in them often exotic insects. And the chitin contained in the shell of these insects can cause allergies. Therefore, it is advisable to buy cocoa powder, produced by companies with good reputation. Typically, for a company that cares about the quality of their products, thoroughly clean the cocoa beans from insect remains.