We all love chocolates and as the Holiday season will be nearing we would all delve into eating more and more delicious chocolates, but did you know not all chocolate is bad for you and wouldn’t make you gain weight. Chocolates have been around since ages, the Mayans and the Aztecs have used it as a medicinal drink and a drink sent by God. The Swiss eat the most chocolate in the world followed by Irish, Chocolate is a strong part of the Swiss culture and many European countries.
The dark chocolate variety is considered a super food, because it is full of antioxidants, though a bit bitter it is one of the healthiest foods and if it has cocoa percentage of around 70% or more, it is great for you. Dark chocolates come with loads of benefits for your heart and the brain, simply put eating dark chocolate restores the flexibility of the arteries and reduces LDL (the bad cholesterol) thus preventing a heart attack that usually occurs due to constriction of the arteries due to a plaque or clot.
Dark chocolate is a good source of minerals like potassium, zinc and selenium, and importantly iron, a huge chunk of the population is deficient in zinc and selenium without ever realizing as these minerals are not given much importance. Zinc is very important you need it to make the DNA in your cells, and it keeps your immune system strong. Selenium deficiency is known to cause Hypothyroidism. So, you got more reasons to munch on that dark chocolate.
Eating dark chocolates is good for your skin, as it is true for all the foods rich in antioxidants, it can help in clearing up blemishes and spots and wrinkles, Yes! Dark chocolate is generally good for the diabetics, as it improves the condition of insulin resistance in the body. Dark chocolate is really good for your brain, and if you want to prevent autism in your kids and Alzheimer’s in old age, you should munch on some dark chocolate.
You don’t need to eat heaps of dark chocolate to reap these benefits, around 10 grams and 4-5 ounces of dark chocolate a day is very healthy for you. So, don’t be afraid to try chocolate this Holiday season.