Chocolate has long been considered by many as the pinnacle of all comfort food. It serves as a means not only to satiate our sweet tooth as a dessert, but also as reliable gifts and favours for occasions and or specific circumstances. But there are common misconceptions surrounding this sweet treat. Some people have completely avoided it for reasons of fitness or health. The fact of the matter is that the negative connotations attached to chocolate are often associated with its excessive consumption. Too much of even a good thing will always produce undesirable results, no matter what it is.
Needless to say, the key lies in moderation. You’ll be surprised to know that it offers a great amount of health benefits when taken in moderation. Of course, there are a few factors that will determine exactly how beneficial it can be. The high quality ingredients used to create personalised chocolate for example, is one of those elements. Here are just a few of the health benefits that you can potentially take advantage of by consuming chocolate.
- It has positive effects on the heart and improves blood circulation
Recent studies have shown that the consumption of dark chocolate can aid greatly in the restoration of the flexibility of the arteries. In turn, this helps prevent the clogging of the arteries. This reduction in arterial plaque alone helps us avoid a whole host of potentially dangerous diseases.
- It is packed with minerals
Potassium, selenium as well as zinc and iron are just a few of the many minerals that are packed within delectable treats made from chocolate. The cocoa ingredient in particular has also shown results wherein the bad kind of cholesterol is reduced while raising the good kind, at the same time. This can potentially lower, if not completely mitigate, the risk of cardiovascular-related diseases.
- It can improve your vision
Because of the qualities of chocolate that allow for better blood circulation, especially to the brain, certain studies have concluded that this could potentially boost your vision. This is helped in no small part by the blood flow that increases and subsequently leads towards the retinal area.
- It is good for your skin
The antioxidants, called flavanols, which are commonly contained within dark chocolate allow our skin to be protected to some degree against the ultraviolet rays of the sun. However, it isn’t best to rely on this alone and we’ll still need to use sun cream products to ensure complete protection.
Above all else, the biggest benefit that chocolate may have for us is its effect on our mood. While this isn’t necessarily health-related, it certainly can be. How we feel about ourselves can often have a physical effect, after all. But keep in mind that the health benefits mentioned above don’t necessarily apply to all kinds of chocolate, as some may be better than others.
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