Mmmmmm….chocolate. Who doesn’t love to indulge in a good piece of chocolate once in a while? Especially at this time of the year, when candy and goodies are abundant, keeping your hands out of the cookie jar or candy dish can be tough! But, what if chocolate isn’t as bad as we once thought that it was? What if chocolate actually has some healthy benefits to bring to the table? If you want to eat chocolate guilt free, check out these 4 great reasons to eat more chocolate starting today.
Chocolate Helps Calm the Nerves
There is a real scientific reason that people reach for chocolate in times of stress. This delicious goodie has a way of calming the body and mind. The science is that chocolate contains valeric acid, which serves as a natural relaxer in the body. The next time you’re feeling stressed and reach for a chocolate bar, feel confident in knowing that it may bring more help in that moment than it does harm.
Chocolate Can Help You Concentrate
Chocolate has sugar, and eating it obviously raises the blood sugar level. But, chocolate is a food with a slow releasing sugar content. Basically, this means that it won’t cause your blood sugar to spike and then fall. Instead, it will keep you feeling a little bit energetic all day long. It’s always a good idea to avoid overdoing it, but a little bit of chocolate for concentration can be a good thing.
Chocolate Brings Some Nutrients
You might picture chocolate being pure sugar and cocoa. Chocolate contains magnesium, calcium, and even iron. By eating a little bit of chocolate, you are actually eating some very healthy nutrients. Of course, this is best when used with a balanced diet, but adding a bit of chocolate might not be as bad as you originally thought.
Chocolate Makes You Feel Good
This probably doesn’t seem much like a surprise, but chocolate has a way of boosting moods. Between the sugar rush, the nutrients, and the delectable flavor, chocolate can help you feel better. When you are feeling down or depressed, a single piece of chocolate can help to boost your mood and give you a little satisfaction.
If you love chocolate, you can now eat virtually guilt free! While it is still important eat it in moderation, a little bit of chocolate can actually be healthy. Grab a chocolate bar, eat a bit, and do so with confidence that your health is in better hands than you thought.
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