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Chocs Away: Five reasons chocolate is actually good for you

Beat the Monday blues by treating yourself to a chocolatey treat with none of the guilt.

 

Chocolate is good for the heart – Backed up by an actual scientific study, it is now known that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. Both of which keep your heart and cardiovascular system ticking over nicely.

It’s Brain food – Decent chocolate not only contains flavanols which are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, but there is a link between the amount of chocolate eaten per person and the number of Nobel prize winners in a country’s population – land of chocolate Switzerland comes out on top. So, if it’s your dream to one day nab the top prize in science or academia, get munching.

It can help you lose weight – Anyone who likes to indulge in the odd bar of good quality dark chocolate, knows just how satisfying the smallest amount can be. Accordingly, letting one square melt on your tongue 20 minutes prior to a meal helps trigger the hormone which tells your body you’re full, meaning you eat less.

Chocolate is full of mineral and helps halt ageing - Potassium, zinc and selenium are just a few of the vital minerals contained in cocoa, PLUS a 100g bar of dark, 70 per cent or more chocolate  provides 67% of the RDA of iron. Also, the antioxidants chocolate contains help fight the free radicals which cause ageing.

It makes you feel good – Nope, you weren’t just imagining the fact that the world was a little brighter after you’ve scoffed your favourite bar of choc. It’s because chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which boosts those feel good endorphins, and is the same chemical our brain creates when we’re falling in love (chocolate love is real).

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