CHOCOLATES AREN’T THAT BAD TO CRAVE FOR!
9 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolates (No. 5 is the best)
Chocolates were invented accidentally as the Aztecs were trying to make beer but fortunately found this wonderfully delectable treat.
Dark chocolates are claimed to be harmful for many reasons but research says it has various health benefits.
Chocolates have many good effects on health.
It has a unique, indulging and rich taste and leaves the taste bud wanting for more. But chocolates are good for health only if they are consumed in a considerable amount.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF DARK CHOCOLATE
Following are some of the positive effects of dark chocolates on our health:
1. It can help lower the risk of heart diseases: It is believed to be the cause of cardiovascular diseases if consumed more but the studies say that it may help improve and lower the risk of heart diseases. It can help reduce bad cholesterol from the body.
2. It is a rich source of anti-oxidants: Dark chocolate and cocoa contains loads of antioxidants which includes flavanols, polyphenols and catechins and other. Antioxidants help in freeing the body from free radicals which can cause oxidative damage to cells.
3. It prevents your skin from acne: It is popularly believed that chocolates can cause acne but no research has proved it.
4. It contains anti-ageing properties: It gives glow to the skin. It hydrates the skin. It increases collagen production which helps to reduce acne marks.
5. It can help lose weight: Interesting! A small amount of good chocolate consumed before a meal triggers a hormonal activity which results in cutting the amount of food we consume.
6. It can help relax and rejuvenate: Using it on the body after a tiring day at work can help rejuvenate and relax. It helps to reduce stress.
7. It is good for your Brain functioning: Hot chocolate can improve memory and reduce the risk of mental decline in older people.
8. It is rich in minerals: Dark chocolates are found to be rich in minerals such as zinc, potassium and selenium. It is also rich in Iron.
• 100 grams of chocolate contains 17mg of iron.
• 1 square (29 grams) contains 5 mg of iron.
9. It helps to boost metabolism: The monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) present in dark chocolate boosts metabolism which stimulates the body to burn fat.
Chocolates are high in calories and contain loads of sugar. Hence, it is advisable to consume very little amount of chocolate if you are trying to lose weight as it can in turn worsen the situation.
Good quality dark chocolates are low in sugars and can be consumed but in moderation without the risk of gaining weight.
Caution: Some people are sensitive to cocoa, chocolates and caffeine (present in chocolates). They should not consume any chocolate without proper medical advise.
A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands.
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