At Max Brenner, we understand that chocolate = happiness. And while the emotional benefits that come with chocolate indulgence are undeniable— sheer bliss, eyes rolling back in your head, uncontrollable utterances of “yum” and “oh my goodness”— chocolate also has an array of health benefits.
Chocolate is packed with antioxidants
Flavenoids, a disease fighting antioxidant, is a major element in dark chocolate. These antioxidants have high anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits. Also found in fruits, vegetables, and red wine, flavanoids are known for their many health benefits, including increased blood circulation according to a recent study.
Chocolate may reduce pain
A recent study by the University of Chicago Medicine found that rats respond less to a hot stimulus while they are eating chocolate than they do in the absence of chocolate. This might help explain why nothing else in the world matters when you’re in the midst of eating a bonbon.
Chocolate helps your brain stay active and healthy
Scientists at Harvard Medical School found that drinking 2 cups of hot chocolate a day may prevent memory decline, and preserve blood flow to working areas in the brains of older people.
Dark chocolate can help you lose weight
If you’re trying to lose weight, a small amount of dark chocolate can help. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that dark chocolate is enough to satisfy peoples sweet teeth, reducing cravings for larger amounts of sweet, salty, and fatty foods. If you’re dieting and in dire need of something sweet, a bit of dark chocolate can go a long way.
Chocolate can help reduce stress
Dark chocolate has been linked in many studies to reduce stress levels. Scientists from Switzerland found that anxious people who ate an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced their stress hormone levels significantly.
So yes, eating some dark chocolate to cope with your problems IS scientifically recommended.
Chocolate helps protect your skin from the sun
Because of dark chocolate’s high flavanal content, it has been shown to protect people’s skin from burning in the sun. A study found that after 3 months of eating chocolate high in flavanols, subjects’ skin were more resistant to sunburning.
So the next time you’re planning a trip to the Caribbean, make sure to prime your body with extra dark chocolate!
See Mom, chocolate is good for you!