If you’ve ever watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you may have also dreamt of owning such a house, where you would sleep on the bed of bars, bath in the fountain, wander down the alley – which, of course, are all made of chocolate! More importantly, you’ll have access to the sweet treat no matter when or how much you want!
But a dream is just a dream. The reality is, you tend to feel guilty about gaining weight after you have some brownies. Hey, before you sigh, check this out! Do you know these benefits of chocolate?
Lessen the risk of heart disease
A research published in The BMJ shows that eating chocolate could help cut the risk of having heart disease by one-third. Researchers say that there could be a link between chocolate consumption and risk of cardiometabolic disorders.
Scientists from the US also conducted a study following over 300,000 adults for nine years. They found that chocolate lovers were 8% less likely to develop heart disease than those who rarely take it. They believed that natural compounds in cocoa called flavonoids helped the people keep blood vessels healthy. The study also revealed that chocolate may help reduce inflammation and increase good cholesterol.
Good for the brain health
When our brain needs more energy to complete tasks, greater blood flow is needed. Researchers have found that chocolate can reduce cognitive decline and boost function like memory, attention, reaction, etc., by increasing blood flow to the brain.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could be good for the brain health and reduce memory decline in the seniors by improving blood flow to various parts of the brain for 2 to 3 hours. It turned out that a greater blood flow led to an increase of the scores in a working memory speed test by 30%.
Results of a study published in 2014, suggested that a cocoa extract, called lavado, could help slow cognitive decline of the patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Another research, published in 2016 in the journal Appetite, revealed that eating chocolate at least once a week could boost cognitive function.
Just be mindful
Even though regular chocolate consumption has been proved beneficial for our heart and brain, still it should be taken in moderation. Keep in mind that heavy intake of chocolate means heavy intake of sugar and fat – which will do harm to our body. Moreover, as not all chocolate contains rich amounts of cocoa, we’d better check the ingredients of any chocolate product before we buy it.