Discover the 10 Reasons You Should Enjoy Chocolate

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10 Reasons You Should Eat Chocolate

If you’re ‘dieting’ or on a healthy living journey then you probably avoid chocolate at all costs. More than likely you have a belief that chocolate isn’t good for you. Believe it or not research actually has proven that it can be as effective as some drugs in preventing different ailments. However, it can’t be just any chocolate – the chocolate that is healthy has to have at least 60-75% cocoa during the production process.

Here are ten reasons you should enjoy chocolate:

1. Blood Circulation – Once you consume chocolate, it can actually improve the circulation of blood to the brain for up to three hours. Chocolate is full of flavonoids and that helps dilate the blood vessels which allows more blood to flow through.

2. Decrease Heart Disease – Consuming dark chocolate reduces the risk of heart disease by up to 10%.

3. Mood – Ladies, we aren’t full of it when we say that chocolate cures our bad mood! Research shows that our euphoria is increased by the phenylethylamine that is found in the chocolate!  Chocolate has been known to give people the same sensations that alcohol gives!

4. Fights Fatigue – If you consume approximately 50 grams a day, it has been shown to help fight off chronic fatigue.

5. Reduce Diabetes Risk – It might not make sense that chocolate would help reduce your risk for diabetes but it does. Because of the flavonoids found in it, it increases the amount of sugar in your blood which helps reduce the risk of diabetes.

6. Helps Combat Coughing – This is an interesting fact but chocolate has been shown to actually help reduce coughing. There is a chemical that is found in the cocoa used to make the chocolate that has been proven to be just as effective in combating a cough than that of an over the counter cough medicine.

7. Cholesterol Levels – Again, this might surprise you but chocolate has been shown to decrease the bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol levels. This is because it contains antioxidants.  Yep, you read that right – chocolate actually contains antioxidants!

8. Love Life – Because chocolate increases blood flow to different vital organs it’s been known to improve your love life.

9. PMS – It’s no secret that women around the world turn to chocolate during that time of month! Ladies, take note it’s not just in our ‘heads’ when we think chocolate helps ease some of our PMS symptoms. Research has shown that because chocolate contains magnesium and iron, that is does help reduce PMS symptoms.

10. Life Span – Last but certainly not least, another reason you should enjoy chocolate is because research has shown that people who indulge moderately live a year longer than those who don’t!

Well, there you have it – 10 reason you should be enjoying chocolate! Just remember, it needs to be chocolate that has at least 60-75% cocoa during the production process.

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