We don’t need really need to justify a piece of chocolate, but it is always gratifying to hear how our favorite treat has awesome health benefits as well. Here are seven (more) reasons you should indulge in chocolate.
1. High Levels of Flavanols
The same antioxidant compound in tea, fruits, and vegetables that boosts brain function and aids the circulatory system.
2. Improved Memory
In a study of people in their 50's and 60's an increase in brain function and memory was seen. Of course, to receive the benefits at this level, one would have to consume a large amount of chocolate, but more chocolatefor a better memory is a pretty sweet deal.
3. Great Source of Magnesium
One ounce of dark chocolate contains over one third of your body’s daily magnesium needs so go ahead and enjoy!
4. Mood Booster
Chocolate boasts a high amount of phenylethylamine, which can raise the levels of dopamine and creates a feeling of happiness. It has been said, that if you consume high levels of chocolate you can experience the same feeling as falling in love. Another great reason to LOVE chocolate!
5. Good Fat
Yes, there is such thing as good fats for your body that have shown to provide many health benefits. Cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, the same healthy fat found in olive oil.
6. Increased Circulation
When tested on patients with congestive heart failure, chocolate actually improved vascular function and circulation.
7. Satisfied Food Cravings
Dark chocolate actually satisfies cravings. A study by the University of Copenhagen showed that people are less likely to crave something sweet, fatty, or savory after having dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate. Who knew that chocolate can actually help you shed a few pounds.
To tap into all of these amazing health benefits, grab a dark chocolate that’s at least 60% cacao. Lighter or milk chocolates have unhealthy ingredients such as refined sugar, which can be detrimental to your body. Your best option is an organic, superfood chocolate like ALOHA’s Superfood Chocolate 60% Cacao, to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the good stuff.
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