Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The benefits of chocolate

So ladies, it here and its official on Being Tillys Mummy! Chocolate CAN be good for you, i know we have all had enough of chocolate with Easter, but this research makes for interesting reading :)

It doesnt mean you can eat loads of mars bars and cadburys chocolate as its the Dark chocolate that has the benefits. but it does put forward and interesting case

  • One study found that chocolate quieted coughs almost as well as codeine, thanks to the theobromine it contains. This chemical, responsible for chocolate's feel-good effect, may suppress activity in a part of the brain called the vagus nerve. Codeine makes you feel sleepy and doesnt even taste as nice as chocolate
  • Since the 1500's, the south americans and some europeans have been using cocoa to treat diarrhea. 
  • You can boost your brain power with a bar of dark chocolate, so next time your at work and your brain isnt working to full capacity - reach in your desk drawer for a sneaky choccie bar
  • London researchers recently tested chocolate flavanols' sun-protecting prowess. After 3 months of eating chocolate with high levels of flavanols, their study subjects' skin took twice as long to develop that reddening effect that indicates the beginning of a burn.
  • when we are stressed, what is the first thing we reach for? chocolate! It is proven to reduce stress levels if you eat a bar of dark chocolate everyday for 2 weeks. Get eating the chocolate :)
  • Mums to be, who eat chocolate during their pregnancy were found in a recent survey to handle stress more and they went on to have happier smilier babies
  • Dark chocolate is fab for dieting as it lessens cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods. So if indulging in a bit of healthy dark chocolate should not only make it easy for you to stick to the small portion recommended for optimal health, but it should make it easier for you to stick to your diet in general. Jackpot!
  • A recent study from Australia, showed that eating chocolate high in healthy antioxidants reduced the blood pressure-raising effects of exercise on overweight individuals.
  • A study in Germany this year found that about a square of dark chocolate a day lowered blood pressure and reduced risk of heart attack and stroke by 39 percent
  • Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may be a cause of cancer, so eating antioxidant rich foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.
  • Dark chocolate contains a number of vitamins and minerals that can support your health. Dark chocolate contains potassium, copper, magnesium and iron

Thanks to fitday.com and womenshealthmagazine.com for the research i read.

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