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3 Reasons to Eat Some Chocolate Right Now

3 Reasons to Eat Some Chocolate Right Now

Do you like chocolate? If so, I have some good news for you! Get yourself a little piece of good, dark chocolate, and check out these fun chocolate facts below.

If you’re trying to watch your sugar intake, you might have given chocolate the boot along with the rest of the sweets in your life. While plowing through a pint of chocolate ice cream is still not a healthy choice, a few squares of dark chocolate once in a while is actually good for you!

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Like any other food, you want to enjoy your chocolate in moderation. When I say that chocolate is good for you, I’m not saying to eat a whole Hershey bar. A little bit of good-quality dark chocolate goes a long way. Think of it as an excuse to splurge on an expensive bar. Those suckers last a long time if you’re only eating a couple of squares a day!

3 Good Reasons to Eat Some Chocolate Right Now

3 Good Reasons to Eat Some Chocolate Right Now

All of the research I’ve found on the benefits of chocolate points specifically at dark chocolate as the healthiest choice. I’m sorry, milk chocolate fans! Dark chocolate has a higher concentration of cocoa, so you get more bang for your bite.

1. It’s good for your heart.

Chocolate comes from the cocoa plant, and cocoa is rich in compounds called flavonoids, which help protect your heart. Flavonoids help repair damaged cells, and the flavonoids in chocolate also help protect our cells from damage in the first place. Cocoa’s flavonoids are a special variety called flavonols. There’s research suggesting that these compounds also lower blood pressure and help prevent blood clots.

2. It may help prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes.

A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry looked at how the flavonols in cocoa impacted weight gain. The result? Mice who ate a diet rich in the compounds found in cocoa gained less weight and processed insulin better. The latter result suggests that chocolate may also help prevent type 2 diabetes.

3. It might help reduce your risk of stroke.

Is there anything the compounds in cocoa can’t do? When the good bacteria in your belly breaks down chocolate, it actually ferments and produces anti-inflammatory compounds. Chocolate’s anti-inflammatory properties may just help protect you from stroke.

Cheers, chocolate-lovers!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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10:20AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

I do not need to justify my consumption of dark chocolate to anyone, but if I must these reasons will work.

11:26PM PDT on May 27, 2014

thanks

9:33AM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

INTERESTING. THANKS.

5:21AM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

I wish I had some right now.

1:34AM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Thank you :)

1:19PM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

Yes, chocolate has a lot of calories but the benefits Far Outway that! I have said here before that it actually lowers your blood pressure. Thx
Yes I am back, I was sush a regular here because I love this and then for some stupid reason it took me a month !!! too get get hooked up again.
Thx Barry :

7:25PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Yes cocoa is good but the saturated fat is bad.You might as well go to KFC

6:43PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

well....if its healthy.......Happy Easter!!!

5:03PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

oh - yeah!

2:14PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Thanks for sharing. Love dark chocolate.

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