Chocolate is the ultimate BFF. It waits for you with open arms, ready to console you after a bad day. It is there to help you celebrate the good times too, like birthdays and promotions and pregnancy. There is no life event in which chocolate doesn’t get an invitation. Some people might try to make you feel guilty for the relationship you have with chocolate. Other friends may tell you that chocolate is not good for you, but don’t listen to them. They are just jealous. There is no need to feel guilty about your love for chocolate, because it can be good for you – and not just in an emotionally supportive kind of way. Just 1 to 2 ounces per day of dark chocolate can improve your health. This superfood has a host of health benefits, from preventing heart disease to slowing the aging process. Here are five reasons to eat dark chocolate almost every day.
It Aids Weight Loss
Say what? Eating chocolate can aid in weight loss? Yes ma’am, it can! Melting a small amount of dark chocolate – and the key is dark chocolate, not milk chocolate which has added fat and sugar – on your tongue before a meal can trigger sensations of feeling full. This will help you to eat less and consume fewer calories overall. When your jealous friends look at you cross-eyed for eating dessert before dinner, tell them you’re on a diet.
It’s Brain Food
It’s no secret that chocolate can make you feel better emotionally, but did you know it can help you think more clearly too? Studies have shown that diets rich in the flavonols found in dark chocolate improve memory and slow age-related memory loss. The next time you forget where you put your keys, reach for some chocolate. Even if you don’t find them, at least you’ll have had a tasty treat.
It’s Heart Healthy
Dark chocolate will never break your heart. More than that, it can actually improve your heart health. Every bite helps to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, which in turn helps prevent stroke and heart attack. Those flavanols that are good for your brain work their magic on your heart as well.
It Keeps You Young
It may be sweet, but dark chocolate packs a nasty punch in the fight against aging. Chronic inflammation caused by oxidation speeds up the aging process. Antioxidants found in dark chocolate help to reduce that inflammation. So go ahead and indulge in one of your favorite childhood delights. Chocolate will keep you feeling childlike in more ways than one.
It Tastes Better Than Carrots
Did your mother get to you eat carrots by telling you that they were good for your eyes? If you knew then what you know now – that dark chocolate is just as good for your eyes as carrots – would you ever have eaten a carrot as a kid? Probably not, but don’t worry, we won’t tell your kids. While they are eating bundles of carrots to protect their vision, you can hide in the kitchen and eat chocolate. See, it hasn’t been a one-sided relationship at all. You’ve known all along that chocolate loves you back, and now you have scientific proof to back it up. Chocolate might be one of the healthiest relationships you’ve ever been in, so enjoy it – guilt free!