Researchers across the Atlantic are now discovering benefits of Chocolate in MODERATION!
So we can all indulge at Christmas but it MUST be Dark Chocolate.
- Researchers at US medical centres such as Johns Hopkins, etc. have come up with a list of benefits, and Britain’s Daily Telegraph analysed all this and came up with an encouraging list,.Apparently dark chocolate produces benefits for many problems, from heart to skin.
- e.g. Eating dark chocolate helps reduce risk of stroke, benefiis the skin, reduces cholesterol, helps the heart, etc. etc.
- If you don’t believe me, Google ‘benefits of chocolate’ and up comes more positive information!
However, the one thing no-one can alter is that chocolate can put on weight – so we still can’t gorge to our heart’s content!
What I’ve learnt from latest ‘Googling’
The Daily Telegraph, echoed by many others, says:
Researchers have found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke
Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 per cent or more) choc provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron. (But I would suggest if you are deficient in this, you take a supplement – 100g is a bit OTT unless you are thin as a rake).
Consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage (though you’d probably better slap on sun cream).
Flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflamatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.
Chocolate makes you feel better
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.
So here is a selection of ‘good’ chocolate. Enjoy!