Chocolate is a well-known cure for broken hearts and boredom or is essential for many celebrations. It is guaranteed to put a smile on anybody’s face, and now it has been proven that eating dark chocolate can reduce the risk of depression.
Yes, you read correctly as eating chocolate is healthy within reason, but the darker chocolate, the better. A Canadian study discovered that just 1.5% of chocolate eaters had depressive symptoms compared with 7.6% of people who didn’t eat chocolate. Additionally, further research has discovered that eating chocolate is good for the brain, and the heart and circulation. It’s been suggested that chocolate could be beneficial for major health issues. However, you do need to choose your chocolate carefully. A square or two of high-quality dark chocolate could lift your mood and has other possible medicinal benefits.
Dark chocolate is full of minerals that include selenium, zinc and potassium, and 100 g bar of 70% or higher dark chocolate provides 67% of your recommended daily iron. Eating cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of LDL or bad cholesterol and increase levels of HDL or good cholesterol.
Perhaps surprisingly, chocolate can help you lose weight, as a small square of good quality dark chocolate melted on the tongue twenty minutes before eating triggers hormones that tell you when you’re full, helping you to reduce the amount of food you eat more easily. Dark chocolate could help to prevent diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity.
Go ahead and indulge, but please brush your teeth afterwards as even dark chocolate still contains sugar.