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3 GOOD REASONS TO EAT CHOCOLATE
I’m sorry milk chocolate fans we’re talking Dark chocolate here!
1. It’s good for your heart.
Chocolate comes from the cocoa plant, and cocoa is rich in compounds called flavonoids, which help protect your heart. Flavonoids help repair damaged cells, and the flavonoids in chocolate also help protect our cells from damage in the first place. There’s research suggesting that these compounds also lower blood pressure and help prevent blood clots.
2. It may help prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes.
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry looked at how the flavonols in cocoa impacted weight gain. The result? Mice who ate a diet rich in the compounds found in cocoa gained less weight and processed insulin better. The latter result suggests that chocolate may also help prevent type 2 diabetes.
3. It might help reduce your risk of stroke.
Is there anything the compounds in cocoa can’t do? When the good bacteria in your belly breaks down chocolate, it actually ferments and produces anti-inflammatory compounds. Chocolate’s anti-inflammatory properties may just help protect you from stroke.
Happy Easter chocolate-lovers!