No matter how much you resist yourself but when someone offers you a chocolate you can’t really hold yourself back. Isn’t it? But many people believe that eating chocolates will bring no good to their health and will only make them fat and unhealthy.
But this isn’t true. The dark chocolate is found to have some of the best antioxidants and nutrients that have proved to be healthy for your body. The following blog is about some surprising health benefits of chocolates.
Following are the amazing ways in which eating chocolate can be good for your health.
Improve learning and memory
According to a recent study at Loma Linda University, if you consume dark chocolate naturally-occurring bioactive cocoa flavanols get collected in the brain.
Cacao can help to boost learning skills and sharpen memory by improving blood flow to the brain.
Good for the health of your heart
Cocoa in dark chocolate can fight against the long-term risk of stroke and other heart-related problems.
A research was presented at a meeting for the American Chemical Society in 2014 which stated that a certain bacteria in the stomach can absorb parts of dark chocolate and convert them into compounds that is good for overall heart health.
To reap more benefits of dark chocolate you can even combine it with fruits like pomegranates and acai berries.
Chocolate consumption is even good for people suffering from type 2 diabetes. It is said that 20 grams consumption of chocolate rich in polyphenols can increase body’s sensitivity to insulin which is essential for blood glucose control.
Increase in insulin sensitivity will delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people who have pre-diabetes.
Chocolate is a stress buster
It’s good to consume a small amount of dark chocolate on a daily basis as it can help to reduce the production of stress hormones. A study was done by Nestlé in 2012 in which 30 healthy adults were monitored who ate about four squares of a candy bar daily up to two weeks.
The result was a reduced level of stress in each participant who started with high levels of stress.
Dr. Sunil Kochhar, Nestlé scientist, says, “When you are stressed, your body’s chemistry becomes unbalanced. Eating a moderate amount of dark chocolate on a daily basis can help to balance the body chemistry of people who are stressed”.
Chocolate can increase life span
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal consuming chocolate can increase your age almost by a year. It was also found that people who consume candy one or three times during a month have lower mortality rates which are due to presence of antioxidants in chocolate.
According to a 2009 study, heart attack survivors who ate chocolate were less likely to die as compared to those who didn’t eat any of it.
Chocolate is a great Filler
A research was done by Danish researchers in which 16 participants were given 100 g of either dark or milk chocolate and then after 2 hours they were offered a pizza. It was found that participants who ate dark chocolate consumed 15% fewer calories compared to the ones who ate milk chocolate and had reduces cravings for sugary or salty foods.
Chocolate is more effective than sunscreen
According to a research in London, eating high-flavonol chocolate (dark chocolate with a high amount of cacao) can increase your ability to spend more time in the sun without your skin turning reddish. Thus, chocolate is like a sunscreen mask which you can eat every time you step out in the sun.