Chocolate remains an all-time favourite food around the world, known for instantly delivering a sense of relaxation, comfort and happiness.
These mood-boosting effects aren’t purely psychological: there are active nutrients in chocolate that create a relaxing and positive effect on the mind. In other words, chocolate is good for your mental wellbeing – in moderation, of course.
The key ingredient of chocolate is cacao beans, which held a revered place in ancient Mesoamerican cultures. The Maya and Aztec societies used the beans in sacred ceremonies and rituals.
Known for their heart-opening and mind-clarifying properties, cacao beans are prized for their spiritual benefits even today. Perhaps you have heard of, or even participated in, “cacao ceremonies”?
Cacao beans are rich in antioxidants that support different aspects of health. An antioxidant called polyphenol increases feelings of calmness and contentedness: according to a recent study, eating small amounts of dark chocolate makes you feel relaxed and happy. Theobromine, another antioxidant, reduces inflammation and protects against cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.
Chocolate also helps to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that uplifts your mood. No wonder we crave chocolate when going through stressful situations – it is a natural stress-buster.
Thanks to the presence of bioactive compounds, cocoa powder enhances the flow of blood in the arteries. This can create a small but statistically significant decrease in blood pressure. Last but not least, cacao is a great source of iron, zinc and selenium – all of which boost immunity.
To enjoy these many wonderful benefits, always opt for chocolate with at least 70% cocoa, made by authentic and reliable sources. Check the nutritional information on the label so you can minimise your consumption of sugar, lead and cadmium.
Here at JOALI BEING, we craft our chocolate in-house from bean to bar. Our homemade chocolate is pure and completely free of additives.
In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we work with organic Indian-origin beans. Our cacao is sourced from the misty Nilgiri hills of southern India, located much closer to our island than more mainstream producers like Ghana, Ecuador or Brazil.
Rediscover the joy and goodness of chocolate at our luxury wellbeing retreat in the Maldives.