For some people, it's considered a little piece of heaven on earth. Chocolate is one of the ultimate comfort foods, mood enhancer and a dependable source of comfort when life gives us lemons. But is it really good for us?
Scoff as you like, but there are many medically proven ways in which high-quality chocolate (Think around 70 percent or more of cocoa) is good for us.
What's even more exciting for chocolate lovers is that ongoing research has shown that chocolate may prove itself to be beneficial for major medical issues such as obesity, diabetes and autism. So, without further delay, here's the skinny as to why you should be noshing on chocolate.
Recent studies have shown that high-quality dark chocolate helps to keep our arteries pliable while preventing white blood cells from adhering to blood vessel walls, both of which are major culprits in clogging our arteries.
Did you know that dark chocolate is choked with heart-healthy minerals including zinc, potassium and iron?
Research in Finland demonstrated a 17 percent reduction in the risk of stroke out of the participants tested.
So you want skin so silky smooth that you turn heads? Then put down those expensive serums and creams and eat a piece of dark chocolate. The flavonoids found in dark chocolate help to protect your skin from sun damage. Just don't forget to use your sunblock as well.
Everyone knows that lowering bad cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Now you can have your chocolate and eat it too because it's been shown to increase your levels of good cholesterol (LDL), and potentially lower your level of bad cholesterol.
How can you lose weight while eating chocolate) Supposedly, by eating a small square of high-quality chocolate before a meal, you consume less food because it helps to curb your appetite. In addition, you're supposed to finish off your meal with another small piece to ward off post-meal snacking.
The news out of Finland just keeps getting better and better. Research has now proven that dark chocolate is good for mom and baby. Not only does it reduce stress levels in new moms, but it also proved that babies of these moms smiled more than those who didn't eat chocolate.
You know that feeling you have when you fall in love? Everything day feels like a holiday? Well, chocolate contains PEA (phenylethylamine), which is the chemical your brain creates when you fall head-over-heels in love. PEA prompts your brain to release those feel-good endorphins.
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.
At this point, you're probably feeling pretty happy, aren't you?