Whenever I think about chocolate, I think about unconditional love. That’s how I feel about chocolate. I want chocolate in the morning, in the evening, before I go to sleep… Basically, I lust it 24/7.
I rarely encounter people that don’t really like chocolate. When I do, the first thing I ask them: WHY & HOW? Chocolate is like a drug to me. When I eat it, I feel so happy. No wonder why, chocolate stimulates your brain and helps the production of endorphins (the cells that make your happy.)
People think that chocolate is the worst desert you can have because it’s filled with artificial sugars. What if I told you that dark chocolate is one of the healthiest superfoods in the world? Yes, you read that right.
Dark chocolate is a treat because you do not have to feel guilty if you consume it wisely. Its health benefits are numerous, and here are some of them.
A study in 2003 showed that dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure in people with moderately high blood pressure. Study participants ate 100 grams of dark chocolate a day, and in two weeks saw a drop in systolic blood pressure by 5 points and diastolic by 2 points. Even the consumption of dark chocolate than about 30 kcal per day, may over time reduce the blood pressure. See more at site.
Regular consumption of dark chocolate can help reduce the buildup of plaque in the arteries and your risk of developing cardiovascular disease – by more than 50%. Dark chocolate improves blood flow and may prevent the formation of blood clots.
Dark chocolate has a large fat content and people may feel that it cannot be part of a healthy diet. Fat in dark chocolate comes primarily from plants and is much healthier than other fats. It contains monounsaturated fats, such as oleic acid, which is important for the functioning of the brain and the immune system. It also contains some saturated fat, the amount of which increases with the proportion of milk chocolate.
Even dark chocolate contains little sugar, so you should stick to smaller portions. When eaten in moderation, dark chocolate can be a good ally in the fight of diabetes. The flavonoids it contains can help reduce insulin resistance, which can prevent type-2 diabetes.
Antioxidants are substances in foods which have positive effects on the human body. They act as ‘scavengers’ of free radicals and help protect your body from the effects of aging. Dark chocolate contains a large amount of antioxidant, one of which is a flavonoid that prevents the oxidation of cholesterol, thus protecting blood vessels.
The antioxidants in dark chocolate reduce feelings of stress, which can make your skin more beautiful. Stress hormone breaks down, making your wrinkles less visible. Flavonol in dark chocolate can make the skin healthier, improve blood flow in the skin, give your skin glow and protect it from sun damage.
Some chocolate at the end of a hard day will make you feel better. The chemical compound in dark chocolate, phenylethylamine, increases endorphins and creates a feeling similar to the feeling of being in love. A small amount of caffeine in dark chocolate can give you a mental boost and allow you to stay focused. Dark chocolate removes stress. When they eat, our body begins production of endorphins, which are excellent in the fight with stress hormones.
I always carry a bar of chocolate everywhere I go. At work, at a café, on a date etc. Whenever I have a bad day, I have a piece of chocolate and I regain my strength all over. I’m not ashamed of it and I’m not ashamed of not sharing it, thank you very much. I get very possessive over it and I don’t care what people think.
I see eating chocolate as a time of the day reserved only for me, myself & I. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke… I just eat chocolate. That’s my only sin. Chocolate was around even before modern civilization. Even our ancestors raved about it. No excuses for us.