Food & fitness for your consideration // We’ve heard the rumors… but here’s more evidence that chocolate should be part of your diet
At first I thought it may have just been selective hearing when people started to talk about the benefits of chocolate, but study after study has shown that the cocoa beans used to make chocolate are beneficial to your health in multiple ways. Today it was released that a government-funded study found in a group of 1,000 study participants, those who ate chocolate on a more frequent basis [about 5 times a week] weighed less than those who ate it less frequently. See the study in more detail here.
The compounds that make up cocoa – alkaloids, theobromines and antioxidant flavonoids – are responsible for the healhty benefits. I won’t go into the minute details, since I know you just want to confirm that this is not some sort of early April fools joke, but here are a few of the reasons that have been backed up:
It’s heart-healthy – the compounds are anti-inflammatory which lowers cholesterol, protects against blood clots, and potentially lowers blood pressure
Dark chocolate is bittersweet and high in fat, both which curb your appetite and keep you satisfied longer
Improves the body’s ability to respond to insulin
- Stimulates the same part of your brain as falling in love
- Shown to reduce risk of stroke in women by 20%
- It’s freaking yummy, which makes you happy
As a healthy spring resolution I think I’ll commit to eating chocolate on a strict regiment of 3-5 times per week, making sure it is at least 60% pure cocoa or more, to make myself happier and healthier. And I’m starting with making these Cranberry and Pistachio Dark Chocolate bars [click picture for full recipe from BrightEyedBaker.com], which even increases the nutritional value. These will be an excellent afternoon pick-me up in place of any diet soda or latte.
Got a good recipe that is delish AND beneficial? Let us know!
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