Cocoa: the benefits and harms of a drink
Cocoa is a favorite delicacy not only for children, but also for adults.The first thing associated with this product is a tasty, invigorating drink, but in fact, cocoa beans are used in cooking a lot.How useful is cocoa and can this delicacy cause harm to health?These questions will be answered in the presented material.
Composition and caloric content of cocoa
The chemical composition of the product in question is quite diverse - selenium and manganese, calcium and zinc, potassium and phosphorus, iron, sodium, and some vitamins - PP, B, K. In general, the benefits of cocoa for the bodyThe person is huge, but only if the drink is made from natural cocoa beans, and not with the addition of flavorings, flavor enhancers and preservatives.
The product in question is interesting and theobromine content is a substance from the category of alkaloids, which acts on the body as well as caffeine, but is absolutely safe .That is why cocoa doctors are allowed to consume even in childhood, and adults can "use more than one cup of this delicious drink to raise their spirits and increase their energy."
About caloric content it is impossible to sound any specific figure - in 100 grams of powder from cocoa beans 289 Kcal, but if you make a beverage from it on water and without sugar, then the calorie content will be only 68.8 Kcal.
Useful properties of cocoa
Thanks to its rich composition, cocoa beans have a beneficial effect on the operation of all human organs and systems.
Here are just a few points:
- Normalizes and stabilizes blood pressure.Cocoa is able to lower blood pressure, so this drink is recommended for those people who have a history of hypertension( by the way, coffee in this case is categorically contraindicated).If the blood pressure rises periodically, it is worth adjusting your menu and be sure to include a cup of cocoa drink in the morning.
- Strengthens hair and stimulates their growth.The product in question contains nicotinic acid - it is this substance that "answers" for the normal condition of the hair follicles and hair growth.Useful for the curls are masks of cocoa powder - mix 1 tablespoon of the product with a few drops of olive oil until a homogeneous gruel is obtained, carefully treat the scalp and soak for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and shampoo.This mask can be done 2 times a week, at the same time with this procedure you need to drink a cup of cocoa drink every day - this is the recommended minimum, if desired, the number of servings per day can be increased.
- Promotes normalization of the heart and vascular status.The composition of cocoa includes potassium, which is "responsible" for the reduction of cardiac muscles.If this microelement does not go into the body enough, the person may develop an arrhythmia, so a cup of aromatic cocoa must be present in the men's menu in the mornings.By the way, simultaneously with the normalization of the work of the heart muscle, the cocoa drink will have a beneficial effect on the condition of the blood vessels - this product is an excellent prophylaxis for the appearance of cholesterol plaques.
- Strengthens bone tissue.Why is a cocoa drink a must for children in preschools?Because it beneficially affects the bone system of the child - strengthens bone tissue, reducing the likelihood of fractures.Cocoa contains a certain amount of calcium, but it is not enough, therefore it is recommended to prepare a drink with the addition of milk.
And cocoa strengthens immunity and. .. prolongs youth!Yes, this product contains a lot of antioxidants, green tea and coffee can not even be compared with it.In general, cocoa in terms of content in the antioxidants is inferior to a few products - dog rose, cinnamon, vanilla.
Another useful property of cocoa - it can raise the mood and normalize the psycho-emotional background. In addition, coffee lovers in the morning should replace it with cocoa - this drink perfectly "charges" the brain, improves the blood supply of its cells, which immediately manifests itself in the form of increased efficiency.
There are purines in the composition of the product under consideration, so people with diagnosed gout, rheumatism, osteoporosis and arthritis will have to give up a tasty and healthy drink.
It is undesirable to give cocoa in early childhood - up to 3 years is better and do not show this delicacy to babies, since it acts on the nervous system excitingly.
Do not forget that a cocoa drink is high in calories, and if it is cooked with milk and sugar, it generally becomes a prohibited product for people with obesity.
How to choose cocoa
Of course, ideally you need to purchase cocoa beans and grind them yourself.But the reality is that on the shelves of the outlets there is already ready-made cocoa powder, which you need to learn how to choose.
First, you need to pay attention to the expiration date of the product : in a metal package, cocoa powder can be stored for a year and a half, but in a cardboard box only six months. Secondly, it is desirable to take cocoa powder in hand and pay attention to the size of its grains - they should not be too large , and ideally on the fingers a thin film of cocoa "dust" should form.Thirdly, the quality of the product "tells" its color - it should be evenly brown in color.
The best way to determine the quality of the product in question is to buy it and weld the beverage.The high quality will be indicated by the complete absence of sediment.
Cocoa is a healthy and tasty drink that has too few contraindications.