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Health Benefits of Chocolate
Many people agree that chocolate is good for the soul, and researchers are finding that chocolate can be good for the body, too. It's not wishful thinking...chocolate is now a proven powerhouse of health benefits. But tnot too fast...as with all good things, chocolate should be eaten in moderation. And hold the milk chocolate-today's delicious dose should be dark, dark, dark!
Could this be too good to be true? Researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University have seen boosts in memory, attention span, reaction time and problem-solving skills in participants eating dark chocolate-and age did not seem to be a factor.
Chocolate contains serotonin, a natural antidepressant. Chocolate also stimulates endorphin production, which creates feelings of happiness and pleasure. This may explain why many people naturally reach for chocolate when they're depressed.
Hold the carrots. Individuals eating dark chocolate showed increased visual acuity in an University of Redding test. when they gave the same participans white chocolate, there was no measurable difference in visual performance.
Sweets for the Sweet
Sweet-The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, show that people who like sweest are also more likely to be agreeabl friendly and compassionate than people who prefer bitter or spicy foods. People given sweets wer more likely to help someone in need afterward as well.
Stooper-Women in a Swedish study that consumed about two bars of dark chocholate per week reduced the risk of strok by 20%. But too much chocolate is not good news. So how much is too much? Experts suggest that three ounces of dark chocolate per day is about the limit.
Research has found that the theory bromine in chocolate prevents tooth decay by eliminating streptococcus mutans, a bacteria that contributes to tooth decay.
Research has shown that allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth prodouced brain and heart rate activitiy that was similar to - and even stronger than that produced with a passionate kiss.
Elite cyclists who drank chocolate milk between workouts scored better on fatigue and endurance tests than those drinking sports drinks.
Researchers at Harvard have confirmed that the flavanoids in dark chocolate increases blood flow and seems to prevent both cell damage and inflammation
Libido-Italian researchers surveyed 143 women who ate chocolate every day. They seemed to have an elevated sex drive. But not so fast! They were all younder than the women who didin't; it was age not chocolate that made the difference. But why let science get in the way?
Penn State have found that dark chocolate contains fat busting enzymes. If the antioxidants in chocolate help block the breakdown of fat and carbohydrates, that means less gets absorbed from your digestive tract into your blood stream, so it can't get socked away in your fat cells. Cool, huh?
Several studies have found chocolate to be one fo the best cancer-fighting foods along with foods like red wine, blueberries, garlic and tea. Two ways that chocolate works as a cancer fighter is by inhibiting cell division and reducing inflammation.
Tufts University foudn that hypertensive people who ate 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate per day for two weeks saw their blood pressure drop dramatically. And so did their bad cholesterol.
Women drinking a half cup of flavanoid-rich cocoa each day had skin that ws moister and smoother and less sensitive to UV light. Bye bye, Botox!
The antioxidants in dark chocolate gobble up the cell-damaging free radicals in the body potentially reducing the chance of suffering a suffering from arthritis, asthma and stroke.