If you asked what all sweet tooth love without an exception, we’d answered yes, it is chocolate, which is not only delicious but also provides excellent health benefits. Of course we are talking about real chocolate, not junk ones from a supermarket with numerous unwanted ingredients.
This is the fact that chocolate can boost your energy and increase efficiency, which means a bar of real dark chocolate can easily replace energy drinks.
Another benefit of chocolate is decreasing stroke and heart attack risk. One bar of chocolate contains more antioxidants than one glass of red vine. By heartening blood vessels it brings blood pressure to a normal level. Blood platelets clump together more slowly in chocolate eaters, the studies say. About 6.7 grams of dark chocolate per day keeps the blood inflammation-inducing proteins away.
Chocolate is good for your brain activity. Only couple of bites of chocolate increases your stress resistance and memory. Researchers feel that dark chocolate can shield your brain cells, too. While chocolate contains many physical benefits, there’s reason to believe it can make you marginally smarter. Dark chocolate also boosts the production of ‘feel-good’ chemicals in your brain called endorphins. Japanese scientists proved that 20-30 grams of chocolate can help you to prevent cancer and ulcer disease.
Chocolate can prevent atherosclerosis because it prevents cholesterol to get attached to vascular walls.
Why nutritionists love real dark chocolate? Because it helps to lose weight! There are various chocolate diets. And why not, if we know that it boosts metabolism.
There is scientific proof that chocolate is good for gums and teeth. Essential oils of chocolate covers tooth enamel preventing bacteria to spread.
Jeanne Louise Calment lived to the age of 122—the oldest anyone has ever lived. She ate two and a half pounds of dark chocolate per week. Harvard researchers found that eating chocolate actually adds two years to your life expectancy.
But don’t just start binging on chocolate! Most of the chocolate you buy in the grocery store is heavily processed, which means that it has lost many of its healthy chemicals. And some of the research supporting chocolate’s healthy characteristics was paid for by chocolate manufacturers.