“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then would also suffice.”
Chocolate is, without any doubt, the most craved for sweets of all time. The only spell that can break any curse. Whether you want to apologize to someone or express your love, it always comes in handy. In times of stress, times of sadness, times of celebration, happiness, boredom, Friday night, any night – many of us turn to chocolate to put a smile on our faces. But what offends me the most is that man’s best, sweet creation has been blamed for increasing weight and health problems for years, now. Here are some quick health facts that will prove to you that a little chocolate will only benefit you, not harm.
According to a new study, chocolate lovers can rejoice as tucking into three bars of the sweet treat per month can cut the risk of heart failure by 13%. The latest research has found out the top ten health benefits if you eat three chocolate per day.
- Eating a small serving of dark chocolate cut risk of heart attacks and strokes
- If you want to lose weight then have dark chocolate because it is pretty satisfying so a tiny square goes a long way you get your sweet fix and the pounds still come off a number
- Antioxidants, we all need them and dark chocolate is packed full of it cocoa beans have the highest concentration in it
- If you are having low blood pressure then eat dark chocolate because it works within the body to help blood flow
- Lower Cholesterol, if you are facing it then use cocoa powder because it reduces LDL cholesterol which results in increased HDL
- Better skin the flavor in dark chocolate protect against sun damage increased density and hydration of the skin and improved blood flow to the skin
- Dark Chocolates make you smarter and you can eat it at any time or work hours as it helps blood flow to the brain also seems to improve cognitive function
- Stress pill, you already know this chocolate makes you feel more chill. It turns out it’s because eating an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a week lowers the stress hormone levels
- Cold relief, chocolate treats a cough just as good as that nasty tasting cough syrup because of the theobromine it contains
- Good gut feel turns out that chocolate is prebiotic so eating it can help your gut health
One study of healthy volunteers showed that 5 days of consuming high-flavanol cocoa improved blood flow to the brain. Cocoa may also significantly improve cognitive function in elderly people with mental impairment. It also improves verbal fluency and several risk factors for disease. Cocoa also contains stimulant substances like caffeine and theobromine, which may be a key reason cocoa can improve brain function in the short term.
So, the bottom line is there is considerable evidence that cocoa can provide powerful health benefits, being especially protective against heart disease.
Dark chocolate is not a guilty pleasure; it comes with many health benefits. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should go all out and consume lots of chocolate every day. It is still loaded with calories and easy to overeat.