Its Valentine’s week and I hope you all are having a great time. Valentine’s Day is the celebration for lovers to express their love with their loved ones and for that purpose; chocolates have always been a universal medium.
Chocolate is loved in every corner of the world due to its downright delicious taste, except my parents (They just hate the taste of it or maybe they just pretend so). Anyways, despite its great taste, it has always been linked to its bad reputation for causing weight gain and other dental issues.
Therefore, we are here for you with a number of health benefits of this delicious treat with scientific backup, so the next time someone presents you a box of mouth-watering chocolates, you may not have to feel guilty about eating it.
In case you don’t have that special someone, well I can’t help you with that but you can always help yourself and buy some.
P.S. I am talking about some good quality dark chocolates here, not some milk solid and sweetener craps.
1. Eating Dark Chocolate Can Make You Happy.
Well, eating delicious chocolates always makes us happy, but I am not talking about the good taste.
Chocolate actually makes us feel good by boosting the production of chemicals called endorphins in our brain which leads to the feelings of euphoria.
Chocolates are also a top dietary source of tryptophan, the neurotransmitter of happiness and positive mood, and phenylethylamine, a compound called the “love drug” as it creates a brain buzz similar to the feeling of being in love.
Now you know why we give chocolates in proposals and apologies.
2. Chocolate Improves Blood Flow To The Brain.
The flavonoids present in dark chocolates dilates blood vessels, allowing more oxygen and blood to reach areas of the brain which helps you boost memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem-solving skills for 2-3 hours.
So eat a bar of chocolate the next you are in a deep shit or before your examination/presentation and see a boost in your performance as well.
3. Chocolate Helps Relieve Stress.
A dark Chocolate contains a decent amount of soluble fibers and is loaded with minerals, especially magnesium which is largely missing from our diets.
This essential mineral reduces stress by suppressing the release of the stress hormone “cortisol”. Magnesium can also improve mood, memory, and sleep. This may be the reason for the tradition of “sweet dish” after dinner.
4. It Raises Good Cholesterol.
Polyphenols in cocoa powder and dark chocolate are known to significantly decrease oxidized LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase the antioxidant capacity of HDL (good cholesterol), which reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Dark chocolate can also reduce insulin resistance, which is a common risk factor for diabetes. So expressing your love in the form of chocolates can actually increase your loved one’s lifespan.
5. Dark Chocolate May Protect Your Skin Against Sun Damage.
No! I am not talking about a chocolate mask. The bioactive compounds, flavonols present in dark chocolates can protect your skin against sun-induced damage by improving blood flow to the skin and increasing skin density and hydration.
The minimal erythemal dose (MDL) is the minimal amount of UVB rays required to cause redness in the skin while chewing on a chocolate high in flavanols more than doubles the MDL for almost 12 weeks.
So if you are planning an outing in open sunny areas on the Valentine’s Day, then better load up on dark chocolate.
So now you know that chocolates are not only delicious but also healthy in every aspect, be it mental, physical or visual appearance.
Though all these benefits, do not forget that it is still a high caloric food, so eat in moderation as anything in excess can be harmful. Since its Valentine’s week so I tried to keep the article short and sweet with less scientific terminologies so you can get more time to buy chocolates for not only your Valentine but also for all your loved ones because when it comes to chocolates you can actually buy and share happiness with everyone.