Health Benefits of Chocolate

Do you love chocolate? Here’s some good news: according to some research, eating chocolate can actually be good for you!

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A study published in Nature Neuroscience states that compounds called flavanols found in cocoa can help reverse memory decline caused by ageing. Age-related memory loss is said to be caused by some changes in a region of the brain called the dentate gyrus. According to this study, a diet high in flavanols can improve the dentate gyrus.

Health Benefits of Chocolate

Aside from reversing memory decline, eating chocolate has many other health benefits, especially dark chocolate, as it has more cocoa content and less fat and sugar.

Health Benefits of Chocolate
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  1. Dark chocolate has phenolic phytochemicals called flavonoids, which have the health benefit of antioxidants.
  2. The flavonoids in dark chocolate are believed to prevent certain types of cancer, lower blood pressure, and reduce the occurrence of blood clots.
  3. Dark chocolate can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease as they protect the body from harmful free radical and lower bad LDL cholesterol.
  4. Dark chocolate can act as sun protection as the flavanols can improve the blood flow to the skin, improve the skin’s hydration, and increase the blood flow to the skin.
  5. Dark chocolate is rich in fibre.
  6. A bite of dark chocolate before meal can help you lose weight as it can make you feel full. As a result, you will eat less. It also can lessen your cravings for sweet, fatty or salty junk food.
  7. Chocolate improves your mood, making you feel less stressed.

The list of the health benefits of chocolate can go on and on, as it is, in fact, very healthy. It is important to note, however, that chocolate should only be eaten in moderation, as too much of anything is bad. In addition, not all chocolates are healthy. Some only have a very small amount of flavanols and have more fat and sugar. Organic dark chocolate with at least 70{b67a0f01f7b147b7e978da5adbadca47e09d0d78364efaa0732b6ae8d4f320dc} cocoa content is the best option because it contains a higher amount of flavanols, as compared to sugary milk chocolate and white chocolate.

To enjoy the health benefits of chocolate, always remember that the higher the cocoa content, the better. Avoid the type that is high in sugar. Read the back of the label before buying.

Flavanols can also be found in tea and wine.

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