Chocolate lovers, rejoice: chocolate is not only delicious, but has also many health benefits – according to the latest research, chocolate is also associated with a decreased risk of stroke and heart disease. This ultimate food, which improves mood and provides pleasure, is not the healthiest in excessive quantities. In other hand, good chocolate, dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa or more, really benefit our health. Here are ten scientifically proven positive effects of good chocolate on our health.
1. Chocolate is good for the heart and blood circulation
A recent study showed that dark chocolate is helping to restore the flexibility of the arteries. At the same time, chocolate is preventing the white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels, which is a common cause of arteriosclerosis.
2. Chocolate reduces the risk of stroke
Research conducted in Finland have shown that eating chocolate reduces the risk of stroke for about 17 percent.
3. Chocolate is rich in minerals
Dark chocolate is full of beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium. 100 grams of dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa or more) provides 67 percent of the recommended daily intake of iron.
4. Chocolate reduces cholesterol
Consumption of cocoa is proven to reduce levels of bad cholesterol and raises levels of good cholesterol. As we know, this may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
5. Chocolate is good for our skin
Flavonols in dark chocolate may protect the skin from sun damage.
6. Chocolate can help us lose weight
It is true that chocolate can help us lose weight. One piece of good chocolate, which we melt on our tongue 20 minutes before a meal, triggers the hormone in our brain that gives us a feeling of satiety.
7. Chocolate is good for mothers and their babies
Finnish study showed that chocolate reduces stress in pregnant women. Furthermore, the children of such mothers smiled more often than children of mothers, who did not eat chocolate.
8. Chocolate can prevent diabetes
It might sound crazy, but cocoa improves insulin sensitivity. Thus, dark chocolate, in moderation, of course, prevents diabetes.
9. Chocolate is good for the brain
Flavonols are those that reduce memory loss in older people. Anti-inflammatory properties of dark chocolate are also useful in the treatment of brain injury, such as concussion.
10. Chocolate improves mood
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine or »molecule of love«. Phenylethylamine stimulates our brain to release endorphin.