Nothing is better than getting home from work, putting on a fresh pair of PJ's and relaxing in front of Corrie with a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate. And despite being told for many years that Chocolate is really bad for us - as it's full of sugar and that dreaded world, calories - research has now proven that eating dark chocolate in moderation can actually be really good for us. That is, provided it has a cocoa percentage of around 70% of more, and can have a positive impact on lots of health issues from obesity and diabetes. With National Chocolate Day looming this week, we thought we’d take a look at the top 4 reasons why chocolate is actually really good for you, and why we are definitely going to eat more of it!
It’s good for your skin
Okay, so we aren’t saying to ditch the skin creams and sun creams just yet, but all dark chocolate contain flavonols which work together to protect the skin from sun damage. And, it’s also packed with natural minerals - including potassium, zinc, iron and selenium which will do wonders for your skin.
Heart and Circulation
Apparently, dark chocolate has the ability to restore flexibility to arteries and prevent white blood cells from attaching themselves to the walls of blood vessels - which will help to prevent artery clogging and keep a healthy, circulation going.
It improves your brain
Not only are flavanols good for skin protection, they also reduce memory loss in older people, and has been proven to be beneficial to help with brain injuries - for example concussion as it acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Most importantly, chocolate makes you feel better
No, we aren’t just saying that so you can treat yourself to a bar of chocolate, but it actually contains phenylethylamine which is the same chemical that your brains creates when you’re falling in love - and releases those happy endorphins - that’s why it’s the perfect choice of food for when you’re feeling a bit down, or spending time with your other half.
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