This is what happens to your body 1 hour after eating chocolate
| Legion Athletics – Seriously, is there anything better than chocolate?
It satisfies your sweet cravings, it’s been touted as having super healthy benefits, and it makes you feel happy.
Even though I’m a die-hard supporter of fruits and veggies, they sure have a lot to compete with when it comes to chocolate.
And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way; according to one estimate, Americans will eat “$18 billion worth” of chocolate by the end the year.
While we’re lucky enough to have our pick of chocolate out there, chocolate was once considered “a highly-prized luxury item among Mayan and Aztec upper-class elites”.
Aztec rulers considered cacao beans as valuable as gold. They even used cacao beans to pay taxes! 12 Foods For Better Sex (The Aztecs Knew)
If only that were the case now, right?
So how did this one bean become such a prized commodity all over the world?
Well, because of what it does to us and how it makes us feel. Today we’ll analyze exactly why we’re so in love with chocolate and discuss what it’s really doing to our bodies when we eat it …
Dark chocolate has been associated with:
- Decreased stroke risks
- Preventing blood clots
- Increased brain activity
- Preventing cancer
- Improved skin health
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced risk for diabetes
- Increased satiety
Original post, published by Headline Health on Oct 23, 2017:
Chocolate is not only delicious, it has a long list of potent health benefits
(KIM FREDERICKS, READER’S DIGEST)
Chocolate has flavonoids
Flavonoids are naturally found in fruits, vegetables, tea, red wine – and chocolate.
“The antioxidant properties of flavonoids are what stimulates health benefits from chocolate, such as helping with blood flow and decreasing cholesterol,” says Rebecca Scritchfield, RD and author of Body Kindness. Flavanols have been identified with anti-viral, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antioxidant benefits.
Chocolate lowers your risk for heart disease
Consuming cocoa-containing foods has been linked to improved cardiovascular health. It helps lower blood pressure, risk of blood clots, and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Chocolate helps reduce atrial fibrillation
2.7 million people live with a-fib, a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications. A Danish study showed that participants who ate moderate amounts of chocolate had a lower risk of a-fib.
Chocolate improves your mood
Studies show that chocolate can help improve your mood, making you feel calmer and more content. Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that create feelings of pleasure. Dark chocolate also contains serotonin, an antidepressant that can elevate mood.
Chocolate improves cognitive function
Flavonols in chocolate have been linked to improving cognitive function as we age. “Cocoa solids contain cocoa flavonoids that help with blood flow throughout your body,” says Strichfield.
It helps protect your skin
Research shows that the flavonoids in dark chocolate help absorb UV light, increase blood flow to the skin, improve skin texture, and increase skin hydration.
Chocolate helps with weight loss
Eating high-quality dark chocolate every day is good for the body and mind and has even been shown to help with weight loss. The flavonoids in dark chocolate help reduce insulin resistance, which prevents spikes in blood-sugar levels, discouraging you from overeating—even smelling it can help curb your appetite. Read the full post at Reader’s Digest. Also of interest: The 10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet