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The health benefits of Chocolate!

Updated on December 8, 2013

The Health Benefits of Chocolate!?

I know, I know, you're thinking "There aren't any health benefits to chocolate! Its full of SUGAR!" Well, if you are a fan of this delicious little sweet treat, then YOU are in for a treat yourself!

Recently, a study has shown, that frequent chocolate eaters like myself and fellow "Chocoholics" more frequently have lower general Body Mass Indexes (BMIs). Now, you may be surprised to learn that chocolate isn't really as bad for you as everyone seems to believe.

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Chocolate Decreases risk of Stroke!

In 2011 a Swedish study uncovered that the majority of women who ate more than 40 grams of chocolate a week had roughly a 15% lower risk of stroke than women who treated themselves to chocolate to less than 10 grams of this little wonder-sweet!

Chocolate may fight diabetes!

Now, clearly state is the word "May". In 2005, a smaller Italian study found that people who regularly consumed chocolate had higher levels of insulin sensitivity, thus reducing risk for diabetes!

Chocolate can make you feel full!

Thats right! Chocolate can help act as an appetite suppressant. Due to Dark Chocolate containing higher levels of fiber, it can actually help you feel fuller, which in turn allows you to eat less. Dark chocolate works much better than milk chocolate in terms of making yourself feel fuller, and can also decrease cravings for various, sweet, salty and fattening foods!

Chocolate Boosts Heart Health!

People who are known to consume chocolate on a regular basis, enjoy a wider list of benefits for their hearts such as; lower blood pressure, a lower cholesterol, a lower risk of heart disease, as well as a lower risk of stroke and diabetes!

Chocolate can protect your skin!

First thing is First, Chocolate does not cause breakouts or Acne. Dark Chocolate is actually very beneficial to your skin, and its care. The different types of antioxidants called flavanoids that are found in dark chocolate offer protection from UV rays and its damaging effects from the sun!

Chocolate can boost your mood and eliminate stress!

Thats right. If you are ever feeling depressed, or sad, have some chocolate! Giving in to your sweet tooth every now and then definitely feels great, and gives you a sense of relief. Especially if you have been on a diet for a couple weeks. Enjoying different food, and its wondrous tastes, is all a part of living. Boosting your mood allows your body to feel less stressed, and numerous studies have unearthed that chocolate eaters generally feel less stressed, more frequently!

So indulge in some of the best tasting foods out there every now and then, and grab a bag of your favorite chocolates!

Chocolate Improves Blood Flow!

The Cocoa plant, which is the the natural and base ingredient for chocolate, has an anti-clotting characteristic, which in turn thins blood and allows for better circulation throughout the body. Chocolate is also known to lower inflammatory chemicals, the help suppress the symptoms of migraines. Which makes chocolate, a natural form of aspirin!

Chocolate improves vision!

Due to chocolates ability to improve blood flow and circulation through the body, allowing more blood and oxygen to the brain, chocolate is also known to increase blood flow to the retina, and allows for a better eye sight! So the next time you have any kind of vision test, make sure you eat some chocolate!

Chocolate quiets caughing!

Are you sick and tired of coughing? Do you have a runny nose and feel down in the dumps? Well, not only will chocolate make you feel better, but! Chocolate also contains an ingredient called Theo-bromine. Theo-bromine is known to reduce the activities of the vagus nerve, which is the part of the brain that triggers those annoying, won't stop coughs!

Chocolate makes you smarter!

That little boost of blood flow that we talked about earlier, is created by cocoa's flavanols. The flavanols seem to make people feel much more wake and more alert to their surroundings, and in a small study which has been conducted in good old Great Britain, allows people to perform better on counting tasks!

Flavanols are not just found in chocolate. In fact, they are found in quite a few other foods and beverages such as cranberries, apples, peanuts, onions, tea and red wine. Maybe this is why fruits and nuts are even more delicious when covered in chocolate!

Dark Chocolate packs more of a health benefit over all, but even the bittersweet varieties can be high in calories, fat and unwanted sugars. Treating yourself every now and then however, to small and controlled amounts of chocolate on a regular basis is something everyone will be a part of backing.

Now, now, Before you reach over, grab your keys and speed off to the nearest corner store or grocery store and load up on chocolate cake and a bag of snack sized snickers. Understand, While chocolate can do the body good, The recent study as mentioned above, didn't go as far in depth as proving a link between eating more chocolate and losing weight, and keep in mind that not all chocolate is created equally. Cocoa has a very strong, natural pungent taste, which comes from the flavanols. When cocoa is processed into your favorite chocolate bar, chocolate cake, or chocolate syrup, it goes through quite a few processes to reduce this taste, and in doing so, reduces the effects it has.

So for right now, the best choices to go for are the dark chocolate versions of your favorite sweet snacks! Most manufacturers or chocolates such as Hershey's are looking for ways to process their chocolate to be more healthier, and keep more flavanols after they process their chocolate. That is why there are a lot more recent "Dark Chocolate" Versions of popular candy bars out there now. So for now, stick to around 1-2 ounces of chocolate a few times a week, and don't forget to eat those other flavanoid-rich foods, covered in chocolate of course!

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