There are few things more divisive in the chocolate world than white chocolate. Some people passionately love it, while others go so far to say that it should even be called chocolate.
We are neutral observers — to each their own. People love what they love.
White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids and sometimes vanilla. White chocolate does not contain cocoa solids, which are found in other types of chocolate, such as milk chocolate and dark chocolate, which is why some people think that white chocolate is a bit of an imposter.
Dark chocolate lovers also seem to be very passionate about their tastes. When it comes to the health benefits of chocolate, dark chocolate generally enjoys being the top dog. There is some research and studies have been done that associate dark chocolate with things like antioxidants and heart health.
However, there is research that shows white chocolate stands its own ground when it comes to health benefits. Of course, there needs to be much more in depth research and study done when it comes to making health claims with certainty, so do take it all with a grain of salt (or salty chocolate).
As neutral observers we are just reporting some of the information we’ve come across. But we would like to share some of the claims that have been made in favor of white chocolate and the health benefits that a person might enjoy when they eat it (in moderation, of course).
We hope you enjoy!
11 Benefits of Eating White Chocolate
1. Lower the Risk of Hypertension
Chocolate contains linoleic acid which is good for the body’s blood vessels, and healthy blood vessels are good for the heart and blood pressure. Blood vessels with sufficient elasticity reduce heart stress as it pumps blood, helping decrease the heart rate and allowing it to stabilize.
2. Lower The Risk of Heart Failure
Chocolate contains many flavanols, which (again in moderation) is good for patients who face heart disease or the threat of heart failure. In some studies, white (and dark) chocolate is associated with improvements in heart health.
3. Boosts Immunity
As white chocolate contains cocoa butter, which are a rich source of antioxidants, it can help to eliminate toxic substances from your body. The body is constantly trying to rid itself of environmental toxins we consume through the air, our food and products we put on our bodies, and any help we can give it to dispel some of that overload, the better. Then our bodies are more capable of fighting off foreign bodies that threaten to make us sick, so any immunity boosting tricks are welcome these days.
4. Lower Cholesterol
Eating white chocolate a little bit at a time can help regulate the fat in the body, which can then have the positive effect of reducing levels of bad cholesterol. This can lead to having a healthy heart and can over time lower the risk of coronary heart disease.
5. Improve Liver Health
We don’t often think about the health of our inner organs like the liver until something bad happens but studies have shown that white chocolate contains some of the properties to improve liver health by increasing blood flow in your body. It might also help in enhancing the recovery of ruptured tissues.
6. Elevates Low Blood Sugar Levels
If you’ve ever felt your blood sugar levels drop or crash, the sugar in white chocolate makes it a quick and easy solution for people suffering from hypoglycemia, which is another way of describing a deficiency of glucose in the bloodstream.
7. Helping with Gout
This disease is making a comeback because of modern diets that contain too much red meat and face chronic dehydration. Gout is the result of a buildup of uric acid in the joints, leading to inflammation. A study found that the high antioxidant levels in white chocolate, can help reduce the uric acid molecules that accumulate in the joints.
8. Treating Headaches
There are several kinds of headaches — migraine, cluster-type and tension-type and each can be debilitating. The dopamine released after eating chocolate will relax the nervous system and potentially help the headache to recede.
9. Improve Digestion
White chocolate serves to accelerate the production of saliva in the salivary duct, which can be very useful in the process of digesting food. Saliva contains enzymes that help break down the food as it travels through the system
10. Relieves Stress
Let’s face it — we’re all under a little more stress than normal these days, so anything we can do to help alleviate some of that is great for our overall health and well-being. Under highly stressful conditions, the body does not function at its best. White chocolate helps the brain release dopamine, and this substance has a positive overall effect on a person’s mental and physical health and well-being.
11. Helps Make You Happy
Similar to the point above, if you are a chocolate lover, white chocolate will make your day. (If you do not like white chocolate, feel free to ignore this point, or substitute the type of chocolate that you do love.)
A bite of your favorite kind of chocolate can instantly turn your day around. Even if some of the claims about chocolate (of any kind!) really improving your health a bit dubious or require a lot more rigorous research, what we do know is that a mood booster is actually one of the best things you can do for yourself.
So sit back, relax, calm the mind, and truly enjoy and indulgent piece of chocolate — whatever flavor suits your needs. You may not instantly cure your heart condition or relieve your diabetes, but you can have a moment of pure joy, and there’s nothing better for your health than that. Buy white chocolate online or order any customize chocolate today!