these benefits with a grain of salt as most chocolates are still high in fat and sugar, but like everything else, in moderation chocolate is not that bad for you. Also note that many of these benefits are from the cocoa itself, so
that means that dark chocolates are better for you than milk and white.
1. Chocolate is rich in fiber. So instead of snacking on several other snacks, a nice piece of dark chocolate can help to keep you feeling fuller and satisfied.
2. Fights diabetes. A study done in Italy in 2005 showed that chocolate increases insulin sensitivity.
3. Protects your skin. Chocolate contains flavonoids which helps prevent UV damage from the sun.
4. Mood booster. Many of us already know that indulging in sweets, such as chocolate, helps to release endorphins and make us feel better.
5. Improves blood flow. Cocoa has anti-clotting and blood thinning properties that work similar to aspirin.
6. Improves vision. Since blood flow is improved, it makes sense that increased circulation to the retina would help to improve vision.
7. Makes you smarter. Also related to the improved blood flow, a boost to blood to the brain can help with memory and learning.
8. Heart healthy. Cocoa has also been shown to help decrease blood pressure and bad cholesterol, increasing
your cardiovascular health.
So enjoy your Valentine's Day goodies and if you have any other questions please drop me a line in the comments section or contact me at my office (518) 390-2484.