I was sitting on my couch the other night in front of the Tv eating a bar of my favorite chocolate-a peanut butter twix and I was really feeling guilty about this. I’m not normally a couch potato and here I was stuffing my face with one of my favorite foods and then I remembered hearing that chocolate might actually be good for you-it made me feel better, so I thought it would be this.
Color me surprised when I hit Google and did some research because dark chocolate especially is even better for you, I thought if ate sensibly and in a small amount. So here’s the top 5 reasons why we should eat chocolate for health reasons-YUM!
Top 4 benefits of eating chocolate
The main ingredient in chocolate is cocoa which in itself contains natural chemicals as healthy flavonoids, which is a natural antioxidant that combats free radicals in our body protecting the various cells from oxidation. To give you a better idea, beans, apples and apricots also contain flavonoids.
2-blood pressure Lowering
Studies conducted around the world conclude that if you eat a good quality dark chocolate in small doses and on a regular basis with a combination of other healthy foods can actually lower your blood pressure rate that can only be good news for the body and the heart.
Eat chocolate in moderation can reduce cholesterol levels by up to 10 per cent-incredible. Again, this is due to the presence of flavonoids found in red wine, another part of a healthy diet cholesterol reduction.
4-A natural Anti depressant
You know this one-that’s why when we feel down you reach for a chocolate bar-it’s only natural for us but what we don’t know is that chocolate contains serotonin which is a good chemist, glad to hear that gives us a feeling of pleasure.
Now I know why chocolate makes me feel good when I feel down. It’s not just the taste and pleasure guilty, but all those good things going on in our bodies that make us want to more like a good cup of coffee. I also love my coffee.
So if you feel guilty or over indulgent having the occasional piece of chocolate bear in mind that it reduces heart disease.Â