Benefits of Chocolate That May Change Your Perspective


Chocolate is a beauitful concoction. I must say, I love the stuff! As a goal this year I am trying to eat a little better and give my body the attention it deserves. In my quest to find snack foods, I very quickly stumbled over chocolate. I favor milk chocolate but I’m not opposed to dark chocolate, after all the darker the better!

While I was sitting eating my Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree (whew, that was a mouth full) I was thinking what kinds of benefits I was eating if any. I quickly turned to Google for the answers I (desperately – not really) seeked, what I found was page after page of an awesome bean (other than coffee of course)!

I think chocolate gets a bad rep when your dieting or trying to live a new healthier life. As they say, everything in moderation is ok, but when you eat 10 lbs of something that’s not too great for ya, we’ll you know what happens. I’d like to share the findings of my fruitful search with you all, so you can learn to love chocolate again too.

Benefits
• 11% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 23% lower risk of having a stroke!

• 3.5oz’s everyday is good for you! So that is basicly 22 Hershey’s Kisses, two Hershey bars or two bags of M&M’s. Your choice, since you know your cravings.

• flavonoids — a type of antioxidant found in chocolate, tea and red wine, which can help stimulate blood flow by mopping up damaging substances.

• Chocolate is one of the richest natural sources of magnesium, a mineral essential for brain health.

• Chocolate is also rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which, like flavonoids, rid the body of free radicals. Eating up to 12 squares of chocolate every 24 hours can help alleviate the pain caused by inflammation of the joints.

• another naturally occurring antioxidant found in chocolate, boosted the immune system.

• Chocolate keeps the pituitary gland supplied with magnesium, which helps it function properly and lowers the production of cortisol, known as the dreaded ‘stress hormone’.

I find all of these benifits rewarding so i don’t mind if i have a half a bar of chocolate, how about you?

Sources:
Huffing Post & Daily Mail

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18 Responses to Benefits of Chocolate That May Change Your Perspective

  1. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE chocolate — and I’m very glad to read that my love has many health benefits for me to enjoy 🙂

  2. Christine says:

    Always good to have excuses to eat chocolate!
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  3. Alix Maza says:

    I always knew chocolate is good for you! 😉

  4. Danielle says:

    I LOVE chocolate and the craving is even worse now that I am pregnant. I don’t need a lot of chocolate in one sitting, but I do crave it often. I’ve been known to buy an almond sea salt dark chocolate bar, which is split into 18 squares. I keep it in my desk at work and every day I eat 3 squares. Then I take the last 3 home for the weekend! Haha I’m glad to hear my guilty little habit is good for my health! X

  5. Shann says:

    I think chocolate is my favorite food group. I can never give it up!

  6. Lisa Orchard says:

    Oh my gosh! I love this post because I’m an absolute chocoholic! I knew it had anti-oxidants but I didn’t know about all the other things it can do! Thanks for sharing your info with us!

  7. Emma says:

    Its always nice to hear when your favourite food is good for you!

  8. Victoria says:

    My doctor used to tell me that a bit of caffeine can help with headaches! So that was always an excuse for me to eat chocolate 🙂 I’m actually really growing on dark chocolate 🙂

  9. Indigo Ocean says:

    This explains a lot!. I love the chocolate is rich in magnesium and antioxidants. But you also taught me that increasing magnesium decreases stress. I’d read that applying magnesium oil just before bed would help with sleep, so have been doing it, and it works! This is clearly why… it lowers cortisol.
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  10. Jenny says:

    Chocolate is definitely my most common craving. I love dark chocolate the best. Glad to hear there are some benefits! Although I’ll have to be careful not to use that to justify eating too much. LOL

  11. Thank you for writing out the benefits of chocolate. I do love it & now that many have added sea salt, I crave it.

  12. Jonathan Key says:

    I had no idea that eating chocolate lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and lowered risk of having a stroke! That’s pretty amazing. I suppose this is yet another reason to keep chocolate handy. My wife will love this!
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  13. Mrs. AOK says:

    Whenever I start to feel bad about eating chocolate, I quickly remind myself it’s good for me! I’ve become a dark chocolate lover over the years. I just sent my friend a package full of chocolate!
    XOXO

  14. Casey says:

    Thanks for making me feel less guilty about my dark chocolate addiction:) I end every day with a square of dark chocolate -it’s become my evening ritual to congratulate myself on making it through the day!

  15. Jason Bowers says:

    Ah chocolates! My favorite “addiction” next to sports betting..
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  16. Farrah says:

    I love any reasoning for chocolate to be part of our diets! :D!I wish I liked dark chocolate more though!
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  17. Lizzie says:

    I eat chocolate daily, it’s really the only candy I’m into. The darker the better. It’s heartening to read about the benefits.

  18. Suzi says:

    I’ve just started eating dark chocolate as my dessert at night. I stick with lower sugar varieties, and they’re still just as tasty. And if there are heath benefits–all the better!

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