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Why Chocolate is Good for your Health

Benefits of chocolateChocolate is not just a delicious sweet morsel. It also offers health benefits to our body.

So, the next time you enjoy chocolates or decide to check up on the 8 of the Most Irresistible Chocolate Drinks of All Time, you won’t need to feel so guilty.

History of Chocolate

Let’s start out by understanding where chocolate came from.

Wikipedia tells us that,

“The history of chocolate begins in Mesoamerica. Fermented beverages made from chocolate date back to 1900 BC. … Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served as a bitter, frothy liquid, mixed with spices, wine, or corn puree. …

It was believed to have aphrodisiac powers and to give the drinker strength. Today, such drinks are also known as ‘Chilate’ and are still made by locals in the South of Mexico.

After the arrival of chocolate into Europe in the sixteenth century, sugar was added, and it became popular throughout society, first among the ruling classes and later among the common people. …”

So, the chocolates we enjoy today has evolved from the Central American region but has been adapted to suit the taste buds of the people of Europe

Benefits of Chocolates

According to research at the University of California-San Diego that people who frequently eat chocolates have lower body fat than others who don’t.

Andrew Baker’s article, Chocolate: 10 health reasons you should eat more of it, provides us with scientifically established health benefits of good chocolate.

  1. It’s good for the heart and circulation

It has been shown that dark chocolate helps to restore flexibility to arteries and also prevents white blood cells from adhering to the walls of blood vessels.

  1. It reduces risk of stroke

Research has discovered a strong link between consumption of chocolates and a lower risk of stroke in men – by as much as 17%

  1. It’s rich in minerals

Dark chocolate has been found to contain significant quantities of iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc, potassium and selenium.

  1. It reduces cholesterol

Cocoa consumption reduces levels of “bad” cholesterol and raises levels of “good” cholesterol. This has the potential to lower cardiovascular disease risks.

  1. It’s good for your skin

The flavanols found in dark chocolates can protect the skin against the sun’s UV rays.

  1. It can help you lose weight

A neuroscientist has claimed that a small amount of chocolate melted on the tongue 20 minutes eating triggers hormones in the brain to say “I’m full”, thus reducing how much food you eat.

  1. It’s good for mothers and babies

Chocolates reduce stress in expectant mothers with a resultant improvement in the happiness of their babies.

  1. It may prevent diabetes

Cocoa has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and possibly reduce the onset of diabetes.

  1. Chocolate is good for the brain

Both in terms of reducing memory loss in the elderly, and also exhibiting anti-inflammatory qualities that have been found beneficial in treating some brain injuries.

  1. Chocolate makes you feel better

Of course, we all know this already, but in fact, chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you’re falling in love. PEA acts on your brain to release “feel-good” endorphins.

Bonus Benefit: Chocolates even help with math – every student now has a reason to love chocolates even more. It appears that the flavanols found in chocolate are able to help people with mental math.

Yes! Chocolates offer you many health benefits – however, don’t forget that too much of anything is bad for you (even chocolate).

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