10 Reasons to Eat More Chocolate (Starting Today!)

January 26, 2016

10 Reasons to Eat More Chocolate (Starting Today!)


  • When you consider flavor and health benefits, it might be worth allotting some daily calories toward chocolate.
  • In controlled quantities, chocolate can lower stress levels and improve cardiovascular function without adding to your waistline.

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.

Original Article: 9 Reasons to Eat More Chocolate Today (And Every Day), MindBodyGreen.com, 1/1/16

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