1. Flavanols in chocolate increase blood flow to the brain. Got a test? A headache? Eat some chocolate!
2. Not all chocolate is created equal. Make sure your chocolate contains 100% cocoa butter, a heart-healthy good fat like the fat in olive oil that does not raise cholesterol levels. It is known to raise good cholesterol, lower bad and prevent plaque from forming in circulatory system. Palm kernel oil won’t do that!
3. Chocolate contains a chemical called tryptophan, which the brain uses to produce serotonin. High levels of serotonin stimulate the secretion of endorphins and produce feelings of elation and well-being. Whoopeeee!
4. Yes, chocolate contains caffeine, but the content is minimal -> even less than a cup of decaf coffee. Read more in our post about caffeine and chocolate here
5. Chocolate is well-known for being rich in healthy antioxidants, containing more than red wine or green tea. These beauties protect not only the heart but the brain, too. Dark chocolate has up to twice as many antioxidants as milk chocolate. Look for high quality dark chocolate with cocoa solids and cocoa butter as the main ingredients to get the best results.
6. Chocolate is a natural source of theobromine, which lowers blood pressure by stimulating the heart and dilating blood vessels to get blood flowing. Phew! I feel better already.
7. Chocolate protects teeth. The cocoa butter in chocolate coats the teeth, making it less likely to cause tooth decay than other snacks, sweets and sodas. So protect that beautiful smile and eat some quality chocolate!
8. Chocolate contains iron, copper, phosphorous and potassium. Most importantly, chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which is often at it’s lowest levels during menstruation. Craving chocolate during this time is one way a woman’s body is signaling magnesium levels are low. So enjoy and replenish!
9. Chocolate helps reduce stress by increasing endorphin levels. Plus you can share chocolate with friends, who are the best stress relievers around. Read our post on stress and chocolate here
10. Cocoa butter melts right below body temperature. We were made for each other. Take a delicious piece of chocolate and place it on your tongue. Let it sit. Slowly move it around as it melts and savor the delicate flavors that evolve. Melting time depends on the ratio of cocoa butter in the chocolate. More cocoa butter = faster melt. Find your favorite melting point 🙂
Who wants over-roasted, over-processed beans that have all the life and energy taken out of them only to be replaced with artificial fats, flavors and additives? Not me. So check out the wonderful selection of chocolate at Drexelius Chocolates made with 100% natural ingredients. Tempting your taste buds with the real deal. Nothing artificial. Ever.
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