It’s Time To Eat More Chocolates – 5 Health Benefits of Eating Chocolates

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Good news all chocolate lovers, chocolate is becoming healthier and healthier! Research is continuous, and experts are discovering more and more health benefits to eating chocolate (in moderation, of course!).

 

Here’s 5 scientifically establish health benefits of eating good chocolate:

  1. Reduces cholesterol

Chocolate can also reduce levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of good cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is because the primary ingredient to making chocolate is cocoa butter, which is extracted from cacao beans.

Cocoa butter does not contain any cholesterol and contains 3 types of fatty acids that do not affect our cholesterol levels in any way and protect us from many ailments, including cardiovascular diseases. Not only that, chocolate contains a powerful chemical called flavonoids, which can also be found in red wine. This has been found to protect LDL cholesterol molecules from oxygen-related damage, lowering the risk of atherosclerosis, as well as, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and cancer.

 

  1. Prevents Type II diabetes and insulin resistance

Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas, which transports glucose from the blood to within your cells, allowing your body to use this glucose (sugar) for energy. Insulin resistance is linked to pre-diabetes and Type II diabetes and is also a well-established risk factor for cardiovascular disease. A new study by Italian researchers was published in the March 2015 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It makes the most persuasive case that the flavonols content in chocolate can improve insulin resistance, which results in improved memory.

 

  1. Prevent memory loss

Based on new research at Harvard Medical School, a daily dose of chocolate, like drinking 2 cups of hot chocolate a day, has been found to increase blood flow to the brain, boosting thinking and memory performance. The powerful antioxidant flavonoids in chocolate protect our brain from ageing wear and tear, preventing memory loss and reducing the risk of mental-health conditions like Alzheimer’s.

 

  1. Makes you feel better

Cocoa, which is the primary ingredient in finished chocolate, contains phenethylamine (PEA). PEA stimulates the nervous system and encourages your brain to release endorphins that act as natural painkillers and aids in making you feel good. It is the very same chemical your brain creates when you are falling in love! Chocolate also increases levels of serotonin, another feel-good brain chemical that plays a major role in easing depression and reducing stress. It also increases emotional health, proper sleep and balanced appetite.

 

  1. Help lose weight

Now, the greatest reason of all! According to Neuroscientist Will Clower, melting a small square of high-quality chocolate on your tongue 20 minutes before a meal triggers hormones in the brain that says “I’m full”, which subsequently cuts down on the amount of food you consume. Finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking. The flavonoid content in chocolate also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have been shown to increase energy expenditure and reduce fat absorption.

So, go on, pick up that bar of chocolate you have been eyeing since the start of this article. It is important to note that all these health benefits only apply if you eat good high-quality chocolate (and more specifically dark chocolate)– not that chocolate made with large amounts of sugar and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. You can try our Lanwehr Truffle Pralines. Crowned with three winning titles,  our selection of chocolates are truly one-of-a-kind; made of the highest quality, from the best ingredients. You can check out our website www.hs.direct for more information or follow us on Facebook at @HeimatSterne or Instagram at @_HeimatSterne_.