The Benefits of Eating a Little Chocolate
By Genevieve Cunningham
It seems like every holiday and celebration comes with one delicious treat in common. Chocolate. There’s nothing better than a piece of chocolate melting in your mouth and satisfying the taste buds. Of course, this also comes with the dreaded extra weight … especially if that chocolate consumption gets out of hand. But what if eating your fair share of chocolate isn’t as bad as we think? What if there are actually some benefits to eating this delectable dish? If you need a few more reasons to indulge, take a look at these benefits of eating a little chocolate every day.
It Can Boost Heart Health
First, it’s important to note that anytime health and chocolate are in the same sentence, it’s always the dark chocolate. Milk chocolate, while delicious, brings few benefits. But dark chocolate -- that’s where the big benefits come into play! And for the heart, the benefits are bigger than ever. Researchers believe that the antioxidants found in dark chocolate may protect heart health and even lower the risk of many heart diseases. Eat a little square of dark chocolate at night, and you’ll be protecting your heart in a delicious way.
It Might Help Clear Your Skin
You’ve probably always heard that chocolate can cause breakouts. And if you’re indulging in Snickers bars, that might be true. But the same antioxidants that protect the heart might also help to clear and protect the skin. The key? It’s only in small doses that dark chocolate is thought to be healthy. So just a bite or two is all you need on a daily basis.
It Makes You Feel Good
Everyone knows this! Chocolate makes us feel so good. It’s so satisfying to get a quick bite of your favorite chocolate. And better moods have a major impact on overall health. Besides boosting mental health, better moods can also lead to greater activity levels, less pain, and even lower risk of major disease. Feeling a little grumpy? Grab a bite of dark chocolate and enjoy without a smidge of guilt.
While you certainly can’t eat chocolate all day every day and expect to be healthy, you can sneak a little piece of dark chocolate every once in awhile. It may bring some wonderful benefits to your health and your life, and satisfy that sweet tooth to leave you completely content.
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