Chocolate receives a lot of bad press because of its high fat and sugar content. But, its got several boons too!
Chocolate consumption has long been associated with conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. But, there are several health benefits of chocolate also (for your mind and for your heart) when eaten in moderation.
You’ve probably read that chocolate affects your brain by causing the release of the “feel-good dneurotransmitters” serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. Like coffee, chocolate is also a potent source of polyphenol antioxidants, which can fight damaging radicals and protect your mitochondria.
Here are three benefits of eating chocolates:
1. Chocolate makes your mood better: Chocolate can improve your mood, especially in high-pressure or stressful situations.
2. Chocolate makes you eat less: One of my favorite effects of chocolate consumption is a reduction in appetite. One study quantified this by giving participants a 100 g serving of either milk or dark chocolate two hours before being served an all-you-can-eat lunch.
3. Chocolate for a healthy heart: Regular chocolate consumption can improve your cardiovascular health. Notably, the polyphenols in cacao increase HDL cholesterol (often thought of as the protective kind of cholesterol), which in turns leads to decreased oxidized LDL cholesterol.