International Chocolate Day: 9 Reasons To Eat Chocolate Every Day
Yaaayi! good news for all you chocolate lovers who dont know that it is actually good for your Health. It sounds too good to be true right, but it is awesomely true.
Chocolate is one of the world’s favorite flavors, possibly THE most loved taste across continents. This magic bean has been consumed by humans from as far back as 1900 BC, and was an integral part of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations and culture.
Almost everyone loves chocolate, the recipes are endless and that is why September 13th every year is celebrated as “International Chocolate Day”.
While most of us don’t need a special day to indulge in the rich creamy glory that is chocolate, International Chocolate Day gives us just one more reason to consume this delectable confection in copious quantities.
Meanwhile, according to research, chocolate has a wide range of health benefits. The most important thing is that your chocolate needs to be dark, at least 72 percent cocoa solids. Anything less or the overload of sugar can surpass the goodness of the cocoa, turning your chocolate back into a guilt-ridden snack which is not that good for the body.
Also, You need to watch out for unnecessary fillers, like vegetable oils, artificial flavors and artificial colors. The purer your chocolate, the better. So if you stick to the right chocolate, and don’t go overboard on your daily intake, you can reap all of the health rewards while also treating your taste buds.
So here are 9 reasons why you should eat all the chocolate when cravings call.
1.YOUR BODY LIKES IT
Cocoa has a high concentration of flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Aim for a dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao – the raw product – for the full benefit.
2.IT COULD WARD OFF DIABETES
High intake of flavonoids is linked to reduced insulin resistance and improved glucose regulation. Type 2 diabetes, which affects about four million people in the UK, is caused by insulin resistance. But it is important not to over-indulge as most chocolate contains a lot of fat and sugar.
Oh yes it sure beats stress. Chocolate contains valeric acid, a relaxant and tranquilliser found naturally in valerian root, and although not so great for the waistline, the sugar in chocolate may also reduce stress. Sugar has been shown to have a calming and pain-relieving effect on humans and animals.
4. SOOTHE A TICKLY COUGH
Surprised? Scientists have found that theobromine, a chemical present in chocolate, could be as good as conventional remedies for relieving a throaty tickle.
5.IT KEEPS YOUR HEART HEALTHY
A University of Aberdeen study of more than 20,000 middle-aged and elderly people found that those who consumed up to a small bar of chocolate a day had an 11 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and 23 per cent reduced risk of stroke. Those who ate the most also had a lower weight and waist-to-hip ratio.
6. IT HELPS YOU SLEEP
Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium – an essential mineral that keeps body clocks running on time, say scientists. Researchers at Edinburgh and Cambridge universities believe that magnesium helps to control how cells keep their own form of time to cope with the natural environmental cycle of day and night.
7.SWEET TREATS BOOST BRAIN POWER
A study found that eating any type of chocolate at least once a week may improve memory, concentration and problem-solving. Researchers from the University of South Australia tracked 1,000 people over 30 years and found that those who had regularly indulged, performed better in a range of brain tests, including memory recall.
8.CHOCOLATE SUPPORTS CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
If you’re looking for a food to help your heart perform at its very best, dark chocolate may be a good choice. Research shows that eating chocolate can increase your risk of heart disease, partially due to its blood pressure-lowering effects.
A study published in the European Heart Journal examined the effects of chocolate consumption on close to 20,000 healthy European adults. Researchers found that “chocolate consumption appears to lower CVD (cardiovascular disease) risk, in part through reducing BP (blood pressure). This heart-healthy effect particularly applied to lowering the risk of stroke.
9. CHOCOLATE SLOWS THE AGING PROCESS
It’s a well-known fact that dark chocolate contains a wide range of health-promoting antioxidants. What isn’t so well-known is chocolate’s apparent ability to slow the aging process, due to its high concentrations of flavonols. Researchers in a 2015 study found that these nifty compounds “reduce some measures of age-related cognitive dysfunction, possibly through an improvement in insulin sensitivity.” Essentially, eating dark chocolate can protect your brain from the ravages of aging.