The Potential Benefits of Chocolate

benefits of chocolate

There are so many potential benefits of chocolate there is really no reason not to eat it!

I have found so many blog and friends sharing with me all the dangers and scary health risks involved with food.  After a bit of time on “the Google” you are left feeling like the only thing safe to eat is … well… nothing.  You might as well stare at the sun for your energy.

But I want to tell you that here at Fancy Nonsense we really embrace food and seeing the glass half full. So you won’t see scary things here. I won’t tell you to cut sugar, caffeine, alcohol or french fries from your diet. I don’t care about chemicals and I will most likely die from them…but I will not live everyday in fear or be anxious about my food. Cause this lady has no time for it. There are too many chocolate flourless cakes to eat, old fashions to drink and mac and cheese to enjoy!

5 potential benefits of chocolate!

1. It’s good for your heart
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an ounce of chocolate a day can keep your blood pressure at bay and may lower cholesterol. But the heart benefits don’t end there! The flavonols in dark chocolate produce nitric oxide, a substance that can relaxes your arteries, which can improve blood flow to your heart.

2. Decrease cravings
Eating dark chocolate as a snack while trying to lose weight can actually help you decrease cravings for it’s sweeter sibling. It lessens cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods. Hello dark chocolate, let’s get to know one another!

3. Helps your teeth
Theobromine in cocoa has been shown to harden tooth enamel. And as a bonus, theobromine can act as a cough suppressant!! (So rather than reaching for the nasty-flavored bottle in the medicine cabinet, grab some dark chocolate!)

4. Slows down muscle aging
The plant compound, epicatechin, found in dark chocolate, stimulates the same muscle response as does exercise. A type of antioxidant compound, epicatechin can help slow down muscle aging as well as improve lean muscle mass.

5. Mood Lifter
The brain chemical phenylethylamine (PEA) can also be found in cocoa. PEA encourages your brain to release dopamine which helps improve your mood and can make you feel happier. Cocoa also contains numerous vitamins and minerals: potassium, copper, magnesium and iron.

Go get yourself some chocolate and send me some smiles! Or tag me (@fancynonsense) in an instagram picture of you eating chocolate! I would love to share in the moment.

  




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