Benefits of Chocolate

Everyone has at least one food in their life that is their guilty pleasure. For many people, it could be cheese, bread, sweets, or chips, but for me it is chocolate. Chocolate is something that many people crave daily, and it is used as a sign of celebration or gift exchanging. There is a reason chocolate is often a gift at Christmas, Easter, and especially on Valentine’s Day. Millions of people indulge in chocolate every day and many view it as a guilty pleasure because of its rich and sweet taste. However, it is a “guilty” pleasure as it can be attributed to weight gain and a high fat content. In recent years, there have been many ideas on how chocolate can benefit your health and how eating it in moderation can, in fact, be good for you.

Health benefits

Consuming large amounts of chocolate has been proven to have these negative side effects:

  • Weight gain
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Large number of calories
  • Large number of fat content
  • Acne
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

However, what I stated before is that eating chocolate is, in fact, not all bad. There are some benefits to eating chocolate that can be good for your body. These benefits include:

  • Tremendous antioxidant potential
  • Decrease the aging process
  • Relieve stress,
  • Regulate your blood pressure
  • Lower your cholesterol level
  • Help you cognitively
  • Reduce your risk for cardiovascular problems
  • May prevent memory decline
  • Reduce risk of stroke
  • Benefit to pregnant women helping growth of baby

Most of these benefits come from recent scientific studies and they have concluded that they must continue their research to fully grasp the health benefits of chocolate. However, they do know the types of chocolate we should be eating and why there are health benefits in chocolate.

What type of chocolate should I be eating?

Now obviously, eating typical candy bars such as Kit Kat and Mr. Big are not going to do wonders for your health. These chocolate bars are filled with fats and trans fat content that will be detrimental for your health. As well in production of these chocolates, a large amount of white sugar is added, taking away any health benefits that they may have offered before.

For a much healthier alternative, you could instead enjoy a nice cup of Malcolm’s Hot Chocolate from Dure Foods.

This is why doctors and scientists conclude that it is healthier to eat darker chocolate with a higher cocoa content. The higher the cocoa content (the darker the chocolate), the healthier it will be because cocoa has been found to have a huge antioxidant potential to rid the body of unwanted germs. As well, higher cocoa content decreases the amount of sugar within the chocolate, which is better for your overall health.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there are certain benefits of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, that can justify you wanting to eat it as a dessert. I recommend buying a dark chocolate bar and having a couple pieces as your dessert.


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