The benefits of eating chocolate
The Goodness of Chocolate
We all love chocolate and what’s not to love? It’s delicious! However, its creamy texture and scrumptious taste is not the only reason to get excited… more and more, research has expressed that chocolate offers many health benefits. Dark chocolate in particular has been shown to be especially nutritious.
1) Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Heart
Studies have shown that dark chocolate has a protective affect on the heart. Dark chocolate contains a healthy mono-unsaturated fat, which can help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and prevent blood clots and arteriosclerosis- or the hardening of the arteries, from forming. Furthermore, that only a small amount of dark chocolate, a few pieces two or three times a week, may encourage these benefits.
2) Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Brain
Since dark chocolate improves blood flow, the enhanced circulation may help to improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of a clot in the brain, or a stroke.
Dark chocolate also contains compounds that have an uplifting effect on one’s mood and cognitive health. Phenylethylamine, or the “love drug” is present in chocolate and is the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you're falling in love. This chemical causes your brain to release endorphins, making you feel happy.
3) Dark Chocolate Helps Control Blood Sugar - the effect of improved circulation through dark chocolate consumption also reduces the risk against type 2 diabetes. Antioxidants called flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance by enhancing your cells ability to utilize insulin more efficiently. Further, dark chocolate has a low glycemic index, meaning it is a snack or dessert option that won’t actually cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.
4) Dark Chocolate is Anti-Aging and Anti-Cancer - dark chocolate is loaded with anti-aging chemicals called antioxidants that keep you younger and healthier for longer. Antioxidants help fight against free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals contribute to the aging process and potentially cancer.
5) Dark Chocolate is Good for your Teeth - dark chocolate, along with proper oral hygiene, can actually help protect against cavities by making your teeth enamel harder. This is because dark chocolate contains the chemical theobromine.
6) Dark Chocolate is High in Vitamins and Minerals - dark chocolate is a high source of vitamins and minerals that support good health including, potassium, copper, magnesium and iron.
Potassium, Copper, and Magnesium have a positive cardiovascular impact, preventing against stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular aliments. The iron in chocolate contributes to our stores for vital functions such as its use in creating enzymes and other cell functions including oxygen transport.
7) Chocolate can help prevent havning a stroke, view the following link for more details: Luxury Medical Research
Keep in mind that while, incorporating chocolate into a healthy diet and lifestyle can help you meet your health goals, just like every specific food item, moderation is the key! Check out our recipe pages for some chocolaty ideas…
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