It’s Chocolate Day!
Need I say more? I never ‘need’ a reason to eat chocolate, do you? Did you know that chocolate can be good for you?
Chocolate contains healthy compounds that are also found in other foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, all of which are important for good health – this info from a Toronto based dietitian. The catch…in order for it to carry health benefits; the chocolate needs to be made from at least 60% cacao.
Here are 4 benefits to your body from eating chocolate:
Chocolate may reduce cardiovascular disease:
Researchers found that out of 21,000 people in England who were tracked for 11 years, 12% of chocolate consumers died or developed cardiovascular disease over the course of the study vs. 17.4% of people who didn’t eat chocolate. This was an observational study, which means it’s unable to prove cause and effect, but it’s noted that the ‘non-chocolate’ people also had higher average weight, more artery-damaging inflammation, more diabetes, were less physically active, and had diets with the least amount of fat.
Chocolate can relieve inflammation:
While some inflammation in the body is good because it helps to ward off infection, having too much is dangerous. Chocolate’s flavonoids provide antioxidant benefits. Flavonoids can trigger the growth of good gut bacteria, which supports anti-inflammation in the intestine.
Chocolate may improve cognitive function:
This is pretty new info, but some studies are examining this theory. Consuming dark chocolate (made from at least 70% cacao & 30% cane sugar) has been shown benefits to brain health.
Chocolate can make you happy:
Chocolate contains the same ‘happy-boosting’ chemicals that our bodies naturally create. Serotonin (a neurotransmitter), and tryptophan (the amino acid that gives you a happy cozy feeling).
So enjoy some choclate, and don’t feel guilty. It could be a big benefit to your health!