7 healthy reasons to eat chocolate on World Chocolate Day
Anyone for a Lindt bar?
With today being World Chocolate Day, there's reason enough to chow down on the sweet stuff like Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
However, aside from being mouth-wateringly delicious, there are actual health benefits to eating chocolate too.
Here are seven reasons to raid the sweets press today and have some chocolate, guilt-free:
1. It helps you deal with stress
A study in Finland found that women who ate chocolate were able to deal with stress better than those who didn’t. Sounds good to us.
2. Chocolate may help improve your skin
The flavanols in dark chocolate were seen to give skin protection from UV rays, a London study found.
3. It’s very nutritious
Dark chocolate, that is. A 100 gram bar of chocolate with 70%-85% cocoa has 11 grams of fiber, 98% of the RDA for Manganese, 67% of the RDA for Iron and 58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
4. It can help you lose weight
Neuroscientist Will Clower says eating chocolate 20 minutes before and 5 minutes after lunch and dinner can cut your appetite by up to 50%.
5. It’s good for the heart
A study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels.
6. It’s a good source of antioxidants
Dark chocolate is packed full of antioxidants, with one study showing it contained more antioxidant activity than other fruits, including blueberries and Acai berries.
7. It’s good for the brain
Flavanols in dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating injuries to the brain, such as concussion.