Chocolates are usually associated with acne outbreak, weight gain and diabetes. However chocolates are healthier than you think and it’s actually beneficial for your health.
Research has found that eating dark chocolate can lower your risk of depression four-fold. Researchers have also determined that chocolate is good for the heart, circulation and brain.
So what are some of the key benefits of consuming dark chocolates?
A large amount of antioxidants can be found in dark chocolate. One study showed that cocoa and dark chocolate had more antioxidant activity, flavanols and polyphenols than fruit like acai berries.
- Heart Health
Studies prove that flavonoids in chocolate can help our veins and arteries to stay supple. Regular consumption of dark chocolate can lower heart attack risk by 37% and the risk for stroke was reduced by 29%.
- Sun Block
The flavanols in chocolate can protect our skin from sun damage, improve blood flow and improve skin density and also aids in hydration.
- Brain Health
A particular study found that healthy individuals who consumed high-flavanol chocolate for five days had improved blood flow to their brains. Cocoa can also significantly improve cognitive function in elderly with mental impairment.
- Mood Booster
Phenylethylamine (PEA) found in chocolate is the same chemical that our brain creates when we feel like we are falling in love. PEA promotes the release of feel-good endorphins from our brain.
As with all health food, the key of course is moderation.