10 Reasons to Indulge in Chocolate

Through countless hours of research, I’ve come to learn that not only is chocolate a deliciously joyful experience but there are also some amazing health benefits in consuming it. Chocolate tastes sinfully sweet, but you may no longer need to feel guilty about indulging in an ounce or two a few times a week. A growing number of studies show that chocolate, especially antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, has health benefits that put it squarely on the latest list of superfoods. A key reason chocolate has so many health benefits is that it is rich in flavonoids, which are naturally occurring substances found in plants that can provide a major boost in antioxidant action for you.

Studies have also shown that the darker the chocolate, the better. It is recommended to consume less-processed chocolate that contains at least 65 percent cacao. Still, the daily dose of antioxidants in dark chocolate doesn’t give you license to indulge in a dessert free-for-all (one can only wish) — dark chocolate is still loaded with fat and calories — so eat a max of 1 to 2 ounces a day. If you do, research says you’ll reap from the 10 benefits listed below.

  1. Improves vision

  2. Controls blood pressure

  3. Raises good cholesterol

  4. Decreases stroke risk

  5. Prevents heart disease

  6. Fights free radicals

  7. Improves memory

  8. Boosts the mood

  9. Boots metabolism

  10. May prevent cancer

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Dannalyn Prado