Do you love chocolate? Are you looking for excuses to eat chocolate, especially gourmet chocolate? Here are some good reasons to eat some chocolate today:
- May lower blood pressure: Dark chocolate is especially full of healthy antioxidants. Unfortunately, milk and white chocolates don't have the same properties. If you're not familiar with antioxidants, studies show that they can help slow or halt various signs of aging. Eaten in moderation and as part of a healthy diet, dark chocolate may help lower blood pressure.
- Good for cholesterol levels: If you're worried about your cholesterol levels, eating dark chocolate may be beneficial. Dark chocolate contains chemical compounds called "flavonoids" which may help with lowering of LDL cholesterol, which is the "bad" cholesterol. Flavonoids in red wine have been shown to have similar health properties.
- May help fight skin cancer: The flavonoids and antioxidants in extremely dark chocolate have been shown to help protect skin from dangerous UV rays. While dark chocolate may be less helpful once skin cancer has taken hold, its protective abilities may be just what you need to prevent skin cancer from occurring in the first place.
- May fight acne: It's an old wives' tale that the consumption of chocolate promotes acne. While the consumption of milk or white chocolates has the potential to make acne worse, because of the dairy content, the antioxidants in dark chocolate may help relieve acne symptoms. If you've been avoiding all chocolate in an attempt to control your acne, now may be a good time to experiment with adding small amounts of dark chocolate back into your diet.
- Mild anti-depressant: Have you ever wondered why people like to eat chocolate when they feel bad? Besides tasting delicious, chocolate contains small amounts of serotonin and helps boost endorphin levels. Serotonin is the chemical that anti-depressant medications attempt to raise or otherwise alter, to improve mood. Endorphins are opiates, naturally produced by your body. The combination of endorphins and serotonin helps to produce an all-around good feeling.
Unfortunately, highly processed cheap chocolates off of your local store's shelves may not contain as many of the healthy compounds as you would want. For best results, you should probably consider purchasing minimally processed gourmet chocolates. The minimal processing and smaller, more natural, ingredient list of gourmet chocolates is going to leave more of the original antioxidant and flavinoid compounds intact. Not only will your taste buds thank you, so will the rest of your body.
For more information, contact Abdallah Candies And Gifts or a similar company.