10 Reasons to Eat Chocolate

May 1, 2019

No more excuses we have 10 reasons to eat chocolate!!

Let’s be honest, we all crave it from time to time and here are 10 guilt free reasons to eat it… 

10 Reasons to eat chocolate

Good news…it is actually good for you!!!

1. Feel Happier

Why is it when we’re feeling fragile, sad or depressed nothing but chocolate can cheer us up? Scientists have proven chocolate releases endorphins (feel-good chemicals) that enhance our mood.

2. Cholesterol

Chocolate was thought to raise cholesterol levels, but the main type of saturated fat in chocolate is stearic acid, which doesn’t affect cholesterol.

3. Take Heart 

A study by the American Dietetic Association shows chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can help to reduce heart disease, with antioxidants in cocoa helping to prevent build up of fatty deposits in coronary arteries.

4. A Weighty Issue 

No single food can be called fattening. It’s the amount consumed that determines whether it contributes to body fat. Everything in moderation!

5. Like a Multivitamin

Chocolate contains iron, calcium, magnesium, niacin, thiamine, vitamin A, zinc and riboflavin, and is full of antioxidants. 

An average dark chocolate bar (50g) has the same quantity of antioxidants as a serving of fruit and veg, or a cup of black tea, and twice the quantity of antioxidants found in a glass of red wine. Cheers!

6. Saving Face

Chocolate is often blamed for acne, but many skin problems are caused by hormonal imbalances and bad skincare practices. The body’s sebaceous glands secrete sebum, an oily substance that flows from the skins surface. If the flow is blocked, a pimple will form. 

Dark chocolate helps reduce dark spots and pigmentation and keeps skin glowing and healthy. It also works to bring back skin moisture and keeps it locked in. It also helps to improve collagen content, and boosts circulation, all of which help delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

7. Good for Teeth

Many studies suggest chocolate does not cause tooth decay. 

In fact, it contains protein, phosphate, calcium and other minerals that have been shown to protect tooth enamel.

8. Good Head Space 

If you’re prone to migraines or severe headaches, you have probably been advised to avoid chocolate. 

A US study has found there is no link between the two. It suggests headaches are caused by hormone imbalances, disrupted sleep, stress, dehydration and possibly other food sources.

9. Caffeine Myth

If its a caffeine fix you’re after, chocolate won’t do it. 

Wrongly accused of being full of caffeine, a 50g portion (average-sized bar) contains between 10 to 30 milligrams of caffeine, which is equivalent to less than half a cup of coffee.

10. Flying High

If you’re about to jet-set out of the country but are worried about deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the veins), chocolate may be able to help. 

Some experts say, antioxidants in cocoa appear to reduce the risk of blood clots.

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