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Is Chocolate Really Good for You?

Articles 26 Apr 2018

“Chocolate is the most loyal friend”, they said. And the fact’s say so, chocolate can improve our mood. No, we are not talking about the very sweet candied chocolate but dark chocolate that has a long history as a healing plant, mood enhancer, and even an aphrodisiac. Let’s see the explanation below.

1. Chocolate can make a better mood.

Eating chocolate is often associated with happiness and celebration, and research has proven that eating chocolate can help improve mood, making you feel more at ease. Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, the chemicals in the brain that create feelings of pleasure. Dark chocolate also contains serotonin, an antidepressant that can improve mood.

2. Chocolate makes you eat less.

Eating high quality dark chocolate every day is good for your body and mind and has been proven to help you lose weight. Flavonoids in dark chocolate help to reduce insulin resistance, which prevents spikes in blood sugar levels, so that you do not overeat – even smell it alone can help reduce your appetite.

3. Chocolate for a healthy heart.

Consumption of chocolate on a regular basis can improve cardiovascular health. In particular, polyphenols in chocolate increase HDL cholesterol (often considered a type of protective cholesterol), which in turn causes a decrease in oxidized LDL cholesterol. Other effects include higher circulating nitric oxide levels, and reduced platelet adhesion, thus improving circulation.

4. Chocolate for a more radiant skin and protect it from the sun.

Chocolate can help you maintain healthy skin by modulating healthy blood flow. In one study, two groups of women consumed either flavanols or low chocolate flavanol powder for a period of 12 weeks. While the low-flavanol group showed no change in skin health markers, subjects in the high flavanol group had an average 25% UV-induced (sunburn) reduction after exposure to a solar simulator.

Although chocolate is good for you, but make sure the chocolate you eat is dark chocolate, not just a candied chocolate that is very sweet.

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