After being the devil’s advocate and defending liquor as something you should consume everyday. Today, we take on our next obsession. Chocolate.
After all the bad press it has got due to weight gain and tooth decay, today we look at why you should consider doing a deadly sin of gluttony on this one.
Beer, wine and now this. Seems like everything just helps the heart.
In a 9-year Swedish study of more than 31,000 women, those who ate one or two servings of dark chocolate each week cut their risk for heart failure by as much as a third. Also, it’s just dark chocolate that helps for now. Credit goes to flavonoids, antioxidant compounds that increase the flexibility of veins and arteries. But since those antioxidants come with a generous portion of sugar, milk, and butter, chowing down on chocolate isn’t an excuse to skip your workout. Chocolate and exercise actually work surprisingly well together.
- Lowers cholesterol level
In yet another study conducted, it says chocolate bars containing Plant Sterols (PS) and Cocoa Flavanols (CF) have any effect on cholesterol levels. Stabilizes them.
Quoting directly- “results indicate that regular consumption of chocolate bars containing PS and CF as part of a low-fat diet may support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure.”
- Cough Relief
Chocolate contains a certain chemical called theobromine, one that is responsible for chocolate’s feel-good effect, may suppress activity in a part of the brain called the vagus nerve. Hence, it can be more effective than even codeine. At least you won’t feel sleepy or dull.
- Improves your brain
Good ol’ folks at University of Nottingham says drinking cocoa rich in flavanols boosts blood flow to key parts of the brain for 2 to 3 hours, which could improve performance and alertness in the short term.
Also, Oxford and Norway researchers says Flavanol-rich chocolate, wine, or tea scored significantly higher on cognitive tests than those who didn’t. Never had I been happier!
- Might prevent obesity
Some researcher tested this on mice and found out that anti oxidants in cocoa prevented mice from gaining weight and lowered their blood sugar levels. Their study was published in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry in February 2014. Let’s wait for it does to humans for now.
- Reduced stress
Certainly. I enjoy every moment of a fine chocolate melting in my month and lowering what so ever stress I have. But there’s a good scientific explanation as well.
Those fine swiss people who make best chocolate found that when very anxious people ate an ounce and a half of dark chocolate every day for two weeks, their stress hormone levels were significantly reduced and the metabolic effects of stress were partially mitigated.
Say no to ice cream post breakup.