Do I love chocolate? You bet. I’m a man, but sometimes I think I love chocolate as much as my wife, whether it is milk or dark, bars or boxed. I love candy too, but not as much as chocolate. Below are the four (surprising) reasons why chocolate is the perfect food.
1. Chocolate Is Good for the Heart:
Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is filled with antioxidants which may help lower cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, and increase blood flow to both the heart and the brain (1). Milk chocolate contains antioxidants too. One of my tips to get more antioxidants (and chocolate!) is to add baking cocoa, which is low calorie to my morning coffee.
2. Chocolate Is a Natural Relaxant
Yes, it seems that chocolate can actually make us less stressed! An ingredient in chocolate actually triggers a feeling of relaxation in the brain. Also, chocolate can release the natural opiates in the brain which help us feel good and relieves pain (2). No wonder so many of us crave chocolate. It actually helps our brain feel good.
3. Chocolate is an energy booster
Chocolate contains caffeine which means eating a little bit of chocolate can add some pep to a slow or sluggish day. It’s interesting that chocolate can both relax us mentally, but give us a physical boost. I think you can understand why I love chocolate now.
4. The varieties of chocolate are endless!
Gourmet chocolate? Belgian chocolate? You bet! Truffles? Got them! Chocolate bar or box of chocolates? Yep? Did someone ask for a chocolate bunny or a chocolate cross? We have that too. That’s what’s so cool about chocolate. It comes in so many different forms. And let’s not forget white chocolate. That’s my wife’s favorite.
5. Our bodies actually want chocolate!
No surprise to our chocoholics out there. Basically, our bodies love foods with high fat and sugar content. Our brain wants to make sure we survive and high fat and sugar foods to the trip. No wonder chocolate has been called a food of the gods.
However, just because we crave it doesn’t mean we can’t eat it. I am skinny and fit and I love chocolate. The key is moderation. I can enjoy chocolate everyday, even if it’s just a little bit.
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