Chocolate is one of the best things in life and if you are a fan, then you’ll agree with me that it can be described as a taste from heaven. Whether it is in liquid form as a chocolate drink or it is judiciously mixed with dough to form chocolate cake, or it just remains in its regular chocolate candy form, there is no denying its epic taste. It is also great for relieving stress, setting the tempo for a romantic adventure and it is the best comfort meal there is. If there is any reason the lovers of chocolate deter from it, it is its supposed health implications. ‘Chocolate makes you fat.’ While there are indeed dangers of taking too much of it, chocolate has many benefits – depending on what you take and how you take it. Here are some of the cool benefits of indulging in chocolate every now and then.
- It helps with weight loss
Yes, you read that right; chocolate helps you lose weight! While there is the usual idea that is helps you gain weight, consuming dark chocolate would help you lose pounds. This is first because dark chocolate is more filling, thus getting you more satisfied. Taking it consistently would reduce your cravings for fatty foods. As ironic as it sounds, this is one of the ways dark chocolate helps you stay healthy.
- It is great for your heart
Beyond the confusing weight loss benefit, dark chocolate is wonderful to the health and wellbeing of your heart. Generally, based on research, chocolate has cardiovascular benefits that reduces the risk of heart failure. More so, taking chocolate daily also reduces blood pressure and the risk of a heart attack.
- Aids blood circulation
Study shows that dark chocolate aids the restoration of flexibility to arteries. Also, a balanced consumption pattern of dark chocolate prevents white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels thus preventing clogging of the arteries.
- Prevents diabetes
An Italian study revealed that people who ate a candy of chocolate at least once in 15 days, had a reduction in their potential for insulin resistance. It also goes a long way in reducing the amount of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) in the body and raising the levels of “good” cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
5. It has wonderful minerals and vitamins
Finally, chocolate is rich with minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium. It also provides a lot of iron, so you have a balanced chocolate diet. Chocolate sure is gold.
BY: LAWRETTA EGBA