Chocolate is Healthy?
More health benefits of eating chocolate have been discovered just in time for Halloween!
In August, a study was performed in the journal, Neurology, which resulted in the findings that chocolate can help the elderly keep their brains healthy and thinking skills sharp.
Participants who drank two cups of cocoa everyday for a month showed an 8.3 percent increase in blood flow to the brain, thus improving memory and thinking test scores tremendously.
Your daily dose of chocolate can also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, especially in high-risk individuals. It is also, contrary to popular belief, a factor for lower BMI.
People who ate chocolate at least five times per week had a lower BMI than those who ate it less frequently. Therefore, a little chocolate (with that one, healthy glass of wine) could be just the thing you need to trim your waistline.
Filled with fiber, chocolate works as an appetite suppressant, as well. All those years of parents saying, "No, you'll spoil your appetite for dinner!" were true if chocolate was involved.
Darker chocolate is best for fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants. Try buying unsweetened, powdered dark chocolate and adding your own sweetener to create an optimal-health version of hot cocoa. Try sprinkling the same powder atop oatmeal or cold cereal, as well.
Will you eat more chocolate now that you know it's so beneficial?