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