Benefit of Chocolate
One of my biggest weaknesses in life is my inability to say no to chocolate. I will eat chocolate in any form, be it cake or mousses or cookies the list could go on and on. On Christmas day as I lay in a chocolate coma from way to much over indulging I was thinking to myself next year I will be the healthiest I have ever been but the thought of no chocolate what so ever feels me absolute dread (sad I know but I reeeeeeally love chocolate) so for the past few weeks I’ve been doing a bit of research on the benefits of all type of chocolate (not just dark chocolate) and how to have it as part of a balanced diet.
My favourite type of chocolate. This is the most popular choice when choosing a chocolate to eat as it is nice and creamy and there are so many different varieties to choose from and doesn’t leave a bitter taste in your mouth. There are many advantages to milk chocolate, one of them being is that it reduces stress (which is perfect for me) it also is proven to improve your mood. Another advantage is that it is high in antioxidants so it helps to keep your skin glowing. Chocolate that has a high ratio of milk in it is also good to keep your bones strong.
When I first started researching chocolate for this post I had no intention of adding a category for white chocolate (I honestly thought milk and white were exactly the same just different colours, very silly I know) but white chocolate can be very beneficial. First of, it is completely free of caffeine and, like milk chocolate, it is full of antioxidants which helps with reducing ageing and to lower high blood pressure. White chocolate also contains magnesium and potassium which helps muscle contraction and energy production as well as containing B and D vitamins.
Dark chocolate, the healthiest of them all but not always everyone’s favourite. However, after reading all the amazing benefits it has to offer I am seriously considering trying to replace my daily milk chocolate fix to dark chocolate.
It is full of vitamins and minerals, it contains fibre, Iron, Copper, magnesium and many other vitamins. It has been known to help improve many risk factors for heart disease and it may even lower the risk of cardio vascular disease, it helps to improve brain function as well as lower body mass.
If buying chocolate, I think the better the quality the better the benefits. I think factors that that make dark chocolate quality is that it is organic and with a 70% cocoa content or higher.
There are also disadvantages to chocolate. Consuming too much can lead to weight gain as it can have a high calorie content and be high in sugar so it could be damaging to your teeth as well as your blood sugar.
Overall, I do think chocolate can be very beneficial to your health if consumed in moderation, the recommended intake a day is 6.7 grams (which is roughly half a bar). So as much as I would like to be eating, morning, noon and night. I’m happy yo have a small chocolate fix everyday as part of a healthy diet.