Any Chocolate lover would swear: there’s nothing more divine than a good ol’ bar of chocolate. Be it dark, bitter, milk or anything under the sun – just adding chocolate to anything makes it so much better! Have you ever wondered what the magic behind this tropical bean was?
Here’s a list of the benefits of chocolate you wouldn’t have even dreamt of:
The Feel-Good Factor
Chocolate contains this magic potion called phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA gets your brain to feel feel-good endorphins. Abort falling in love, fall in chocolate instead.
Whole Lotta Minerals
Dark chocolate is packed with a good collection of minerals that benefit our body such as potassium, zinc and selenium. A bar of dark chocolate provides 67 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of iron, an important component of haemoglobin, which helps red blood cells carry oxygen from lungs to the rest of the body.
Healthy Skin, Too!
Somehow, we all connect chocolate to acne breakouts. But that myth has been debunked. Studies show that dark chocolate is a great source of flavanols — a substance that has great antioxidant effects. These flavanols can wage a war against skin damage and protect it.
Chocolate’s Good for Coughs
The most delicious way to kick your cough, apparently, is chocolate. One of its chemical components, theobromine, lowers the activity of the vagus nerve – the part of the brain that triggers coughing fits. Bye-bye Benadryl, hello Chocolate!
It’s Good for the Blood
In addition to having antioxidant qualities, research shows that flavanols have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure; improving blood flow to the brain and heart; and making blood platelets less sticky and therefore better at clotting.
The next time someone tells you to put down that bar of chocolate or not indulge in that yummy chocolate jar or brownie, share this article with them. That said, even the most amazing of foods are best done in moderation – so don’t go overboard.
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