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SHOULD CHOCOLATE BE PART OF MY DIET?

Hello sweet tooth, this might encourage your habit or not; just for chocolates, you have the right to give a comeback for any snide comment you get. Made from Theobroma cacao, Cocoa tree, Chocolate contains an amount of health benefit that you would never think of. Cocoa contains different chemicals which include a type of antioxidant called flavonoids which somehow cause relaxation in the veins. The following are the benefits of chocolate, mostly dark chocolate as it has more cocoa concentration.

IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids and it’s said that it helps protect the skin from UV rays, some skincare products make use of flavonoids as an ingredient.

GOOD FOR HEART & CIRCULATION

Several studies show that dark chocolate prevents artery clogging because of its ability to restore flexibility to the arteries and also prevent the white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels.

RICH IN MINERALS

Chocolate is rich in essential minerals such as zinc, selenium, potassium. The higher the concentration of cocoa, the higher the level of antioxidants present in your chocolate bar.

REDUCES RISK OF STROKE

Scholars have also been able to prove chocolate reduces the risk of stroke, according to Prof Phyo Myint, of the School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Aberdeen, they observed “the association between the habitual consumption of chocolate, to a maximum of 100g a day, linked to a reduction in incidence of stroke and cardiovascular disease over longer-term follow-up, in this study 12 years.”

COGNITIVE FUNCTION

It is believed that almost immediately after consumption, dark chocolate can improve the brain’s functionality. A study from Loma Linda University A serving or two of dark chocolate may boost memory, cognition, the immune system, and mood.