Why Chocolate Is Good For You
I love chocolate. You love chocolate. We love chocolate! It’s a fact – chocolate is THE treat, the absolute pick-me-up snack in the afternoon when blood sugar levels are low, the big “yes” when it comes to cravings… Chocolate is King.
The Latin name for chocolate means “Food of the Gods” and for good reason, since it’s a heavenly way to lift your performance. I’m not talking about junk chocolate in candy bars and sweet desserts. Dark chocolate has a long history being used as a healing plant, a mood enhancer, and even an aphrodisiac. So you’re in luck: you can indeed use high-quality chocolate to take delicious control of your biology.
1) It’s good for the heart and circulation
A recent study found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility of arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels – both common causes of artery clogging.
2) It’s mineral-rich
Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc, and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 percent or more) choc provides 67 percent of the daily requirement of iron.
3) It reduces cholesterol
Consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
4) It’s good for your skin
The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage (though you’d probably better still slap on some sun cream).
5) It can help you lose weight
Really. Neuroscientists say a small square of good choc melted on the tongue 20 minutes before a meal, triggers the hormones in the brain that say “I’m full”, cutting the amount of food you subsequently consume. Finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking. Hell yeah!
6) It’s good for mothers and babies
A recent study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers and that their babies smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents.
7) Chocolate is good for the brain
Flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflammatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries.
8) Chocolate makes you feel better
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.
As a chocolate lover, I would also add that certain kinds of chocolate can be good for the soul. It’s a comfort food after all! Lets always keep in mind that even though food is a surviving essential, it is a very big part of our happy routines.