We have superheroes that can fly, see into the future, control the weather, speak to animals, change size, and so much more. What if we told you there are superheroes that taste amazing? Well, sit down and read this because there are and it’s chocolate.
In fact, chocolate has been hailed as super for thousands of years. Ancient Mayan artefacts have been found depicting Mayan kings and gods drinking chocolate, and when the Mayans were conquered by the Aztecs, cocoa beans were used as a currency.
So, what are these sweet powers? In addition to deliciousness, chocolate is filled with fibre, iron, magnesium, copper, minerals, flavanols, antioxidants and more; but what does it actually mean?
Superpower 1 – Healthy Heart
Chocolate is filled with flavonoids, which helps your arteries and veins stay supple. And by eating a small quantity of chocolate each week, you can reduce your risk of a heart attack by 37% and a stroke by 29%. Studies have also found that by eating the right kind of chocolate (sorry our sugar-filled milk friend), you can lower your cholesterol score.
Superpower 2 – Super Mind
Chocolate can improve and stimulate your cognitive function, which improves your memory. Moreover, due to the high level of flavanols in chocolate, it can also improve blood flow to the brain, which helps you solve difficult problems such as math equations. Correlations have also been found between chocolate and the restoration of damaged pathways in your brain; hence, aiding people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Superpower 3 – Goodbye Sunburn
Studies have found that when eating chocolate containing high levels of flavanols, you’d be able to withstand almost double the amount of UV light without burning than previously. This does not mean you can replace sunscreen with chocolate – always wear sunscreen.
Superpower 4 – Happiness
Not only is chocolate divine in taste but it can actually put you in a better mood. Chocolate contains polyphenols which can positively affect your mood, leaving you feeling calmer and happier, and the flavanols found in chocolate help with the production of endorphins, fighting depression and mental disorders. Some studies have also found that eating chocolate has the same effect on your mood as kissing someone.
Superpower 5 – Weight buddy
Who would’ve thought! Chocolate can actually help you suppress cravings and lower your body mass index. As there are traces of caffeine in chocolate, a small piece can reduce salt and sweet cravings.
These are just some of chocolate’s many superpowers. It’s also been found that it can fight cancer, help you see better, improve your eyesight and so much more. So, if you’re a lover of chocolate, join my chocolate box today and we’ll deliver these superheroes to your door every month.
- Find chocolate containing 70% or more cocoa.
- Cocoa or cocoa mass must be listed first, not sugar.
- Steer clear of alkalised or Dutch-processed cocoa.
- Be careful of sugar-free options, as certain sweeteners can be harmful.
- Practice moderation: about 40-45 grams per serving 2-3 times per week.
This blog is for information purposes only. Consult your doctor before attempting any dietary changes.