It's true! Chocolate not only tastes yummy but does good too...
There’s no denying everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure! Although it should be enjoyed as a yummy treat, there are some surprising health benefits to tucking into your favourite bar of chocolate…
A study undertaken by the University of Aberdeen found that people who eat 100g of chocolate a day are 11% less likely to have a heart attack, stroke or any other heart problems, compared to people who eat none. This is due to an antioxidant found in chocolate called flavonoids, which help to stimulate blood flow, and also act as an anti-inflammatory!
Chocolate is rich in magnesium, a mineral essential in keeping the brain healthy! As well as nourishing our brains, chocolate’s caffeine content also helps to boost our concentration levels and alertness.
The cocoa found in chocolate is an immune-boosting food. Research has found that it can also help to increase the good cholesterol in your body (when eaten in modest amounts!).
Flavonoids in chocolate not only get the blood flowing, but also help to protect the skin against sun damage thanks to their antioxidant properties. Helping to protect your skin from UV damage also means fewer wrinkles - a definite reason to smile!
Nibbling on a piece of chocolate is proven to increase serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain, helping to relieve stress. Aaaah!