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Chocolate Health Benefits

By Bobby Kanter

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Apr 15, 2013 8:53:00 PM

I definitely would not consider myself a “chocoholic.” In all honesty, I’m more of a sour candy sort of guy. Unfortunately, sour candy, as far as I know, doesn’t offer any potential health benefits to the consumer, unless you consider sensitive teeth and cavities a health benefit. Chocolate on the other hand can be much more beneficial than my sour gummy worm friends. Take a look at 6 great health benefits offered by chocolate:

 

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  1. Better skin - The flavonoids in dark chocolate (a type of antioxidant), protect your skin from UV damage.
  2. A healthier heart - Just like grounding, chocolate has inflammation-fighting properties, which helps reduce cardiovascular risk. A healthier heart is a healthier you.
  3. Decreased risk of stroke - Similar to the above, these anti-inflammatory properties also help to reduce the chances of having a stroke.
  4. Reduced risk of diabetes - By increasing your insulin sensitivity, eating chocolate can help reduce your risk of diabetes
  5. Increased blood flow - Cocoa has blood thinning and anti-clotting properties that work similarly to the way that aspirin does. This ultimately improves blood flow and circulation.
  6. Happiness - What’s better than eating something that’s totally delicious? Sometimes that chocolate lava cake, milkshake, ice-cream, or cheesecake will totally make your day.

 

While I did say I’m more of a sour candy type of guy, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy my fair share of chocolate. Now let’s get one thing straight, I’m not saying that ALL chocolate snacks and desserts are necessarily healthy. Many are also very high in sugar and saturated fats, so make sure to try and stick to the dark stuff. It’s best for you!

 

Look better. Feel better. Be better.

 

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