Chocolate is the ultimate treat for many. It’s what we crave when we feel sad and it’s also what we go for when we’re having a good time. And while most of us don’t think of chocolate as a health food, it turns out that there are some benefits of eating chocolate every day. The key is to eat specifically chocolate, with a high percentage of cocoa (so preferably dark chocolate), and do it in moderation.
1. Healthy Heart
Eating one square of dark chocolate every day can help keep your heart healthy and make your blood pump through it smoothly. A Swedish study shows that flavonoids and antioxidants that are present in cocoa are good for heart health. But remember, it’s one square a day, not a whole chocolate bar.
2. Less Inflammation
Most of our health issues start with inflammation and then they progress to serious problems when inflammation continues to simmer and becomes chronic. Turns out eating a bit of dark chocolate every day can reduce inflammation in your body. It can also just prevent inflammation. But it only works if you eat chocolate that contains cocoa. So you know, white chocolate doesn’t count.
3. Stress Reduction
A study from John Hopkins University revealed that chocolate can reduce stress. It’s no secret that many people choose to eat the stress away and chocolate is often touted as the perfect snack for it. But turns out there are scientific facts behind it. People who ate a bit of chocolate every day had lower cortisol levels by the end of the study. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, so the fact that its levels dropped means chocolate worked.