Ladies, science is on our side! Diamonds might be sparkly, but chocolate is always there for you, body and soul (your body and soul). Lots of research have been done on chocolate and found that chocolate contains plenty of health benefits, especially for women. Here are a few reasons why you should give in and enjoy the chocolatey nibble guilt-free the next time you have a craving. Just remember, as with any great power comes great responsibility; so have a chocolate, but not a box.
- It can reduce pain. A study done on rats found that while eating chocolate, they didn’t respond as quickly to pain.
- Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical that can reduce the risk of preeclampsia in pregnant women.
- Eating dark chocolate about five times per week in your third trimester can lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of preeclampsia by up to 69%.
- Chocolate is full of flavanols, so by eating it while pregnant, you can improve the growth of your baby and help the placenta work more efficiently.
- Studies have also found that children whose mothers ate chocolate while pregnant with them, cope better with stress, are friendlier and smile more.
- It reliefs PMS moods. Chocolate releases endorphins that reduce anxiety and helps you calm down.
- The magnesium found in chocolate can reduce water retention and lift your mood.
- Chocolate is rich in carbohydrates, which releases serotonin in your brain. This release activates a “feelgood” sensation.
- Chocolate contains a small amount of caffeine, which can help you curb your cravings
- By eating chocolate a few times per week, you can actually lower your body mass index
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- 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 article is for information purposes only. Please consult a doctor before making any dietary changes.