Like we really need to give you 10 more reasons to love chocolate. If the slightly sweet, slightly bitter allure of cocoa wasn’t enough to convince you to make room in your diet for this ancient snack, check out the info we’ve compiled that indicates chocolate can do a body (and mind) good!
1. Lowers blood pressure
A study conducted in 2010 revealed eating chocolate might reduce the risk of heart attack due in part the effects it has on blood pressure.
2. Improves mood
2013 research out of Australia led to the conclusion that consumption of cocoa polyphenols can help improve mood and reduce mental fatigue.
3. Provides protection from sunburn
German researchers found that women who drank hot chocolate fortified with additional flavonoids (antioxidants) every morning for three months were less affected by UV rays!
4. Associated with maintaining healthy weight
Adults who eat chocolate regularly (in portion-controlled servings, of course) typically maintain a more stable and healthy body weight, researchers at UC San Diego found.
5. It contains anti-aging properties
Thanks to cocoa flavanol, your favorite bite of the bittersweet stuff could help smooth your skin and fight cognitive dysfunction related to aging.
6. Stress relief
Dark chocolate intake might lower stress. One study found as much after participants consumed 1.4 ounces per day for only two weeks.
7. Contributes to mental acuity
Two cups of hot chocolate daily helped keep older people mentally focused according to one American study from 2013.
8. Stroke prevention
Swedish and Finnish scientists showed that eating a moderate amount of chocolate each week may lower the risk of stroke in men.
9. It could give you an energy bump
Dark chocolate improves exercise capacity and energy-generating mitochondrial function in older adults, according to one study.
10. Reduces the risk of diabetes
A round of applause for flavonoids again, ladies and gentlemen! British researchers found offer protection from type-2 diabetes by lowering insulin resistance and bettering blood glucose regulation.