Seven Reasons to celebrate World Chocolate Day!
Did you know that the 7th of July is officially world chocolate day and has been since 1550 when chocolate was introduced into Europe. Allegedly. Fact or fiction, here are seven reasons why you and your skin should be giving good ole chocolate, a big ole cheer!
Dark Chocolate is Very Nutritious
We are not saying, chomp on chocolate at breakfast, lunch and dinner but quality dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and a few other minerals.
Dark Chocolate is a Powerful Source of Antioxidants
Scientists have studied chocolate and one study showed that cocoa and dark chocolate contained more antioxidant activity, polyphenols and flavanols than other fruits they tested, which included blueberries and Acai berries.
Dark Chocolate May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure
Stress is a killer and a big wrinkle breeder! The bioactive compounds in cocoa can improve blood flow in the arteries and cause a small but statistically significant decrease in blood pressure.
Dark Chocolate May Lower The Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Go easy but observational studies show a drastic reduction in heart disease risk for the people who consume the most chocolate. Like everything else, the studies probably meant 'in moderation.'
Dark Chocolate May Protect Your Skin Against The Sun
Don't give up the sunscreen yet but studies show that the flavanols from cocoa can improve blood flow to the skin and protect it against sun-induced damage.
Dark Chocolate May Improve Brain Function
Our favourite. One study of healthy volunteers showed that 5 days of consuming high-flavanol cocoa improved blood flow to the brain. Cocoa may also significantly improve cognitive function in elderly people with mental impairment. It also improves verbal fluency and several risk factors for disease . But then Cocoa also contains stimulant substances like caffeine and theobromine, which may be a key reason cocoa can improve brain function in the short term.
Moral of the story, add some dark chocolate to your diet. Cocoa beans are a gem!