Why You Should Eat Chocolate

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6 years ago

You may have heard (or hoped) that chocolate is good for you.  It’s true, if you eat the right kind.  Studies show that eating small amounts (7 ounces a week) of high-quality dark chocolate has health benefits.  But it has to contain at least 70% cacao and be low in sugar and fat.

Here are the 3 biggest benefits of eating dark chocolate:

It lowers your risk of heart disease.  

How?:  Research indicates eating dark chocolate helps lower blood pressure.  But it doesn’t work if you’re eating other things that are not healthy.
Why?:  Dark chocolate contains flavonoids.  These plant chemicals have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.  Foods rich in flavonoids have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.  

It helps reduce the negative effects of stress.  
How?:  Scientists have found dark chocolate to reduce anxiety (probably why you crave it when you’re stressed!).  It can also help you feel happier.
Why?:  Dark chocolate raises endorphin levels in the brain, which give you an euphoric feeling.  It also triggers serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter (signal to the brain) known to be an anti-depressant.

It may lower your Body Mass Index (BMI).  

How?:  Eating dark chocolate can help your body naturally regulate your weight.
  BMI is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height that is an indicator of body fat.  Dr. David Katz of Yale University says research suggests that antioxidants might play a role in reducing inflammation, and dark chocolate in particular might help balance the hormones that facilitate weight control.