Whenever we reminisce the sweet moments of childhood, the one thing that helps us relive our cherished moments is chocolates. Chocolates in one way or another are always a part of our upbringing. Perhaps, some ambitious and fortunate kids might have even seen a chocolate dreamland. But when faced with reality, we recall how our parents used to deter us from eating chocolates every now and then. And their reason would be to avoid any sort of tooth decay risks. Yes! Quite possible it was. But that was then.
Now we’re full-grown adults and we can always maintain our dental hygiene. Tooth decaying factors can no more prevent us from eating as many chocolates as we want to, as long as we‘re conscious enough about our oral hygiene and controlled portioning of chocolate.
Gone are the days when chocolate was considered as a mere confectionery item. Because research and various studies confirm the goodness of chocolates. Yes! Chocolate is really good for you in interesting ways beyond your imagination. We now know that chocolate consumption through portion control is in fact good for our heart and good for our body.
Scientists have revealed that eating reasonable amount of chocolate is perfectly good as it makes us feel emotionally better and helps boost our body endorphins. Chocolates, especially Dark chocolates also protect us against heart diseases.
So, let’s check out why all of us should occasionally indulge in a sweet treat with no more of no-no to chocolates!
Chocolate can make you live longer– A research by the Harvard University claims that those who eat modest amount of chocolate- a couple of times in a month can live longer than those who don’t eat any.
They found out that this can be due to the fact that cocoa contains antioxidants called “Polyphenols” that prevent the oxidation of unsafe cholesterol. The antioxidants are good to protect us against cancer.
Chocolate helps us feel better– There might me quite a lot of reasons behind this. The aroma of chocolate has been found to help slow down our brain waves, which ultimately calm us. Most of us also find eating chocolate more pleasurable because at that point of time, we release endorphins in the brain that gives is a sense of well-being.
Chocolate is a good stress-buster- Good quality chocolate contains valeric acid which is a good relaxant agent. Moreover, the amount of sugar in chocolate is also believed to have a calming effect on us.
Chocolate is good for appetite- Well, this can be due to cannabinoid-like substances which is contained in chocolates. This is known to affect the hypothalamus, the part of the brain which controls hunger. So, chocolate is surely a good solution to recover your appetite.
Chocolate is good for your skin and weight worries- Yes! And importantly it doesn’t give you acne. Scientists from Missouri University confirmed that chocolate is good for skin. Nutritionists also claim that chocolate doesn’t make you gain weight and keeps you healthy.
Chocolate is nourishing- A 50g of plain chocolate bar contains 45mg of magnesium and 1.2mg of calcium. And luxury milk chocolate is a good source of calcium. And so is pure dark chocolate which is known to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure as it is considered a powerful source of antioxidants.
Chocolate helps you to be more alert– Chocolate contains a stimulant known as theobromine, a caffeine-like substance which is believed to make one more alert. But, it has no side-effects of giving us heebie-jeebies, like caffeine, and fortunately chocolate contains only minute quantity of caffeine, barely 1mg in three squares of chocolate.