Did You Know Eating Dark Chocolates Can Benefit Your Health?
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Did You Know Eating Dark Chocolates Can Benefit Your Health?

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Dark chocolate has recently been discovered to have a number of healthy benefits. Now that is a good thing, isn’t it? Advantages of eating dark chocolates are more than disadvantages. You can feel the change when you eat a piece of it.

  • Dark chocolate is a good mood changer. If you are sad, grab a piece of it and your mood will be lighter within 20 minutes.
  • A recent study found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels – both common causes of artery clogging.
  • Dark chocolate contains a number of vitamins and minerals that can support your health. The copper and potassium in dark chocolate help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments. The iron in chocolate protects against iron deficiency anemia, and the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

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  • Consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL), and raise level of ‘good’ cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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  • It can help you lose weight. Neuroscientist Will Clower says a small square of good choc melted on the tongue 20 minutes before a meal triggers the hormones in the brain that say “I’m full”, cutting the amount of food you subsequently consume. Finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking.
  • Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may be a cause of cancer, so eating antioxidant rich foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.

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  • The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage.
  • Flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflamatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.
  • Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. That means that dark chocolate, unlike most other sweets, lowers your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene. Theobromine is also a mild stimulant, though not as strong as caffeine. It can, however, help to suppress coughs.

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  • Chocolate reduces stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents.
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Courtesy of: CookingDetective.com
Abhisikta Ganguly
Abhisikta Ganguly
I am an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams which I live with to fulfill. People find me to be an upbeat, self-motivated team player. I will work until my idols become my rivals. I love adventures and love to explore the unknown from the very known thing. Besides, I love singing, writing and reading stories, listen to music and watching cartoons and movies.

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