Don’t let the title of this post fool you. Eating chocolate IS beneficial to your health, but only in the form of dark chocolate (sorry milk chocolate lovers). Dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants, which protect the body from aging and free radicals that can be harmful to your heart. It has been proved that a small bar of dark chocolate can actually keep your cardiovascular system running smoothly by lowering your blood pressure and lowering your cholesterol. Studies have shown that dark chocolate can reduce LDL cholesterol, which is the bad form of cholesterol, by up to 10 percent!
Dark chocolate also has other benefits besides helping to protect you from heart problems. For example, it contains serotonin which acts like an anti-depressant and stimulates endorphin production, which releases hormones that make you feel happy.
Now with this being said, it is important to remember that just because dark chocolate contains health benefits, it does not mean you should consume it in mass amounts. Chocolate in general is high in fat, so it is important to watch your intake. Dark chocolate contains a more bitter taste then milk chocolate, but if you choose to switch over, I can almost assure you that your taste buds will adjust (mine did!). So, find a brand you like and eat it for dessert instead of that big bowl of ice cream. You can even add a few nuts to boost flavor and add some protein!
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