5 Reasons Why You SHOULD be eating Dark Chocolate Everyday!
As if you needed another reason other than it’s CHOCOLATE!
Not all chocolate is made equal. Milk and especially white chocolate do not have the magical properities of dark chocolate due to the lack of cocoa in the chocolate. The better chocolate is quality dark chocolate with 70–85% cocoa. If you have ever tried this type of chocolate you may have found it bitter and rich, and you probably weren’t eating it correctly (check out my other article on how to eat dark chocolate properly). Dark chocolate must be consumed slowly, chewing it immediately will give you a bitter taste in the mouth.
Quality not Quantity
When picking out dark chocolate, look for the ones with at least 70% cocoa content, this is the healthiest and if you ask me the tastiest version of chocolate. Dark Chocolate of this quality will contain a good amount of soluble fiber and will be packed with minerals. But like anything in life too much of a good thing is bad and chocolate should be enjoyed in moderation.
1. Study Aid and Mood Enhancer
This really goes without saying, I am instantly happy with a bar of chocolate in my hands. But did you know that on a chemical level chocolate can help you out in high pressure situations? A study in 2010 investigated the effect of Cocoa Flavinoids on test subjects who were mentally under pressure, they showed improvements in cognitive function and mood as opposed to the control group. Just be careful not to stress eat, and remember that chocolate will help you solve the problem and is not the solution itself!
2. Eat Less by Eating Chocolate
During a study it was found that giving participants milk or dark chocolate a couple of hours before an all you can eat buffet showed that the dark chocolate group consumed less than the milk chocolate group. I personally find this true, although i wouldn’t suggest eating 100g worth of chocolate beforehand, only a couple of pieces does the trick for me.
3. Improving Cardiovascular Health
There have been quite a number of studies on this, Dark Chocolate helps increase level of good (HDL) cholesterol due to the polyphenols in cocoa. Another study showed that eating chocolate 5+ times a week lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease as opposed to non chocolate candy which in fact was found to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Again, moderation being the is the key element.
Cocoa flavianol epicatechin increases nitric oxide in body, Nitric oxide helps with vascular health in the form of regulating dilation tone, it also signals cell growth and inflammatory response, as well as protects blood vessels from clotting.
In a controlled trial, cocoa powder was found to significantly decrease oxidized LDL cholesterol in men. LDL is a known cause that effects the lining of the heart, lowering it is definitely a good thing! and the benefits don’t just stop there, dark chocolate can also reduce insulin resistance, which is another common risk factor for many diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
4. Glowing Skin and Protection from the Sun.
Wait what? This point ties in with the previous point of a healthier cardiovascular system, this results in more healthier blood flow and as a result better skin. A study conducted over a period of three months on groups of women. One group was given high flavanol powder while the other was given a lower dose. After the testing period, the low dosage group showed no change in markers of skin health, but the the high flavanol group showed an average 25% reduction in UV induced erythema (commonly known as sunburn) after exposure to a solar simulator. The study also found that the higher dosage had increased skin density and thickness, as well better overall hydration.
A similar study was conducted in Germany, the Heinrich Heine University exposed chocolate eaters to ultraviolet light and found that after six weeks, they had 15 percent less skin reddening than those who didn’t eat it. After 12 weeks the research showed that the chocolate eaters’ skin was 16 % denser and 42 % less scaly. Healthier skin and a increased resistance to UV, sounds good to me
5. Sex and Chocolate
According to a study from an Italian university reported Eating chocolate leads to higher levels of desire, arousal, and sexual satisfaction. The study found that Female participants who consumed at least one cube of chocolate a day experienced more active libidos and better overall sexual function than those who didn’t indulge.
Chocolate contains a compound called phenylethylamine (PEA), which releases the same mood-altering endorphins that flood our bodies during sex and intensify feelings of attraction between two people, says Lori Buckley, Psy.D, a certified sex therapist. So if you need a libido boost a little bit of chocolate can set the mood. Chocolate fondue anyone?
So there you have it, five additional reasons why you should be eating chocolate every day. This wonderful treat can be good for you improving whats going on in the inside as well as the outside. Just remember that you need to be eating the right type of chocolate and in controlled amounts.
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