If you haven’t been keeping up on recent Health News, then you may not have seen our favorite story making the rounds this last week: all about Chocolate’s Health Benefits!
This is great news for any chocolate lover (or the occasional chocolate indulger). We couldn’t be happier to see our favorite sweets making headlining news. And now we won’t feel guilty about a piece of chocolate here or there. Of course all the main benefits are greater in dark chocolate and when eaten in moderation (an expert recommendation of one to two ounces a day), but there’s still no harm is a small bite of whichever chocolate is your favorite!
These helpful health finds below will have you reaching for another (small!) piece of your favorite chocolate treat.
- Chocolate is High in Antioxidants
Studies suggest that the cocoa in chocolate contains flavanols, which are a type of flavonoid only found in this delicious sweet! These flavonoids act as antioxidants to protect and repair cells in your body. Antioxidants can strengthen your immune system, and can also help with skin protection from UV rays.
- Heart Healthy Sweets
Dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure and LDL Cholesterol. Cocoa has blood thinning properties that help with blood flow and circulation. The antioxidants also help keep arteries clean, flushing out plaque build-up. Dark chocolate has been suggested to have inflammation-fighting properties that make it ideal for heart health!
- Dark Chocolate is good for the Brain
Dark chocolate has been suggested to improve memory and protect the brain from strokes!
- Chocolate Makes you Happy
We figured that it makes everyone so happy just to eat it, but chocolate apparently contains a natural anti-depressant called serotonin and also stimulates endorphin production which boosts your mood and makes you happy. Chocolate can really help during stressful situations, just don’t eat too much! Not that you’d have to worry much because…
- Chocolate Fills you Up
Studies suggest that dark chocolate is rich in fiber which helps keep your body full so you won’t eat as much or be hungry. Regular chocolate eaters who let themselves have a treat of chocolate are less likely to fill up on salty snacks or other foods that leave them feeling hungry.
- Chocolate helps you live longer
A study that followed 200 men over 20 years found that the men who consumed large amounts of chocolate lived longer and had lower overall disease rates than the men who ate little or no chocolate. Not to mention, other studies say that chocolate has been found to be one of the best cancer-fighting foods!