Top 10 Healthy Reasons Why You Should Have Chocolates

Chocolates are simply irresistible!! Its taste simply tempts us and leads to intense craving. It is also one of the most popular sweet treats of the world. It has numerous health benefits. In fact, it increases our satiety value and helps in curing numerous ailments like fatigue, tuberculosis, weak digestion, low virility. Here are more reasons to your chocolate taste more tastier than before.

1. High Levels of Minerals and Vitamins: Chocolate contains high levels of potassium and magnesium, as well as vitamins B1, B2, D and E. They alone are very advantageous and helps to over coming many heath problems

2. Healthy blood flow: Chocolates contain flavanol which boost blood flow in the body. It increases the antioxidants level as a result of which blood does not clot in the brain.

3. Lowering high blood pressure: People, who suffer from acute problem of hypertension, are also advised to consume chocolates. It aids in balancing blood pressure, prevents the arteries from hardening and lowers blood clotting.

4. Prevents Heart Attack: By increasing healthy blood flow and lowering blood pressure, chocolates help in a major way to prevent heart attacks.

5. Elevate your mood: Dark chocolates contain phenyl ethylamine which acts as a mild mood elevator. It soothes our nerves, reduces pain and makes us feel good.

6. Fights tooth decay: Many think that chocolates lead to tooth decay, but instead it helps in fighting tooth decay. It has antibacterial agents which help in killing germs.

7. Helps ease chronic fatigue syndrome: During a recent study, its has been analysed that adults suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and who were made to consumed 1.5 ounces of 85% cocoa dark chocolate, were feeling less fatigued after they ate the chocolate.

8. Raises HDL cholesterol and lowers LDL cholesterol: A Penn State study has found that diets high in cocoa powder and dark chocolate (with high flavonoid content) are related to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels when compared with diets low in flavonoids such as tea, wine, coffee, and onions.

9. Improves processing of blood sugar: An Italian study found that dark chocolate consumption increased the body’s metabolism of blood sugar and which may reduce the risk of diabetes.

10. Eases a persistent cough: A UK study has found that theobromine, a component in cocoa, may be more effective as a cough medicine than standard drug treatments. The research showed that “theobromine acts on the sensory nerve endings of the vagus nerve, which runs through the airways in the lungs to the brain.”

However, many chocolates can be high on calories, sugar, and saturated fat. To maximize the health benefits of chocolate, avoid eating processed chocolate products that have refined sugar and milk fat. Instead, choose the purest dark chocolate you can find - the more raw and unprocessed, the higher the flavonoid content. The best dark chocolate to eat has at least 60% cocoa solids.

Also, you are always advised to practice moderation! So let me know how did you enjoy the chocolate the next time round :)