“Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~ Dove Chocolate Wrapper
As I peeled back the wrapper and devoured my 3rd piece of chocolate, the following words greeted me: “Relaxation by chocolate.” ~ Love, Dove. Oh, yeah. Dove really knows how to speak to me. I love to indulge in chocolate when I am stressed. Well, I love to indulge in chocolate about any time. (You know you do too. I’ve read articles about moms eating chocolate they’ve stashed in the closet so the kids don’t get to it or see them scarfing it down.) Now, there is good news for chocoholics. It is good for you; there truly are health benefits to eating chocolate. So, go ahead and indulge in chocolate and reap the following rewards.
1. Lowers Obesity Risk
Researchers at the University of Denmark found that dark chocolate is more filling than milk chocolate. Surprisingly, eating dark chocolate lowers cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods. So savor a square of dark chocolate and stave the craving to indulge in fatty foods that cause obesity.
2. Decreases Inflammation
The bacteria in your stomach loves chocolate almost as much if not more than you. It gobbles it up and then produces anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce long-term risks of a stroke. Additionally, many arthritis patients have been prescribed to eat a square of dark chocolate a day which reduces inflammation.
3. Improves Heart Health
Studies from the European Society of Cardiology show that one square (about ¼ oz.) of dark chocolate a day might lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of a heart attack. Dark chocolate has heart-saving health benefits that are mostly due to flavanols, antioxidant compounds that protect the cardiovascular system.
4. Reduces Anxiety
Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food. Just ask any mom (or me); We’ll confirm this. Eating 1 ½ ounces of dark chocolate a day, reduces stress-hormone levels. (Notice that dark chocolate is the key to all 5 incredible health benefits to chocolate.) So, go ahead and eat some dark chocolate guilt-free after a stressful day.
5. Boosts Memory
Flavanols in cocoa have been found to increase blood flow to the brain causing better memory. (Boy, do I ever need this one. Well, actually, I love all the health benefits listed.)
“Take advantage of every free moment you have.” ~ Dove Chocolate Wrapper
Take advantage of your free time by indulging in chocolate. It’s good for you, really! There are health benefits to chocolate such as lowering the risk of obesity. Isn’t that an oxymoron? Oh, well. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go eat some chocolate. It’s good for me.
Pamela Hall is a mom and the founder of Literate For Life. Their mission is to educate, encourage, and empower people, particularly children, to be literate for life through their blog community and relevant, applicable seminars and programs.