Monday, June 21, 2010

My Passion for Chocolate ~ Justified!

Ok, so this entry in my blog is not necessarily about birth ~ one of my passions.  It is about one of my OTHER passions ~ chocolate.

I am forever justifying to anyone who will listen about the health benefits of chocolate.  Finally, I have compiled a list that is evidence-based!

  • Chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, calcium, potassium and vitamins B-2 and E.

  • The darker you go the better. The darker it is means it has more cocoa – an ingredient shown to trigger the release of neurotransmitters that help alleviate depression.

  • Chocolate can also help relieve stress. In a recent study, those who ate about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate every day for two weeks, reduced their stress hormones. (For some, this may be reason enough!)

  • Theobromine, an ingredient in chocolate, is more effective at stopping persistent coughs than codeine.

  • Chocolate is also good for your heart, it contains oleic acid – a monounsaturated fat that helps boost good cholesterol levels.

  • Flavanols in chocolate MAY help prevent arteries from hardening. 

    So have it.  The very next time you need chocolate, here is why!

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