Chocolate-mania

by Niki Kefala

Yesterday, I made my chocolate sweets. I love chocolate and especially the dark one. Study after study proves that the yummy chocolate, is good for more than curing a broken heart. The secret behind its powerful is cacao, also the source of the sweet’s distinct taste. Packed with healthy chemicals like flavonoids and theobromine, this little bean is a disease-killer. What do you think about my cake and truffles?

1. It’s good for the heart and circulation

A recent study found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels – both common causes of artery clogging.

2. It reduces risk of stroke

Researchers have found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke.

3. It’s mineral rich

Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium.

 

my cake 2

4. It reduces cholesterol

Consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol  and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

5. It’s good for your skin

The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage.

6. It can help you lose weight

Chocolate can help you lose weight. Really. Neuroscientist Will Clower says a small square of good choc melted on the tongue 20 minutes before a meal triggers the hormones in the brain that say “I’m full”, cutting the amount of food you subsequently consume. Finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking.

7. It’s good for mothers and babies

A Finnish study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents.

8. It may prevent diabetes

It sounds mad, but cocoa has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. So dark chocolate – in moderation – might delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.

 

my cakecake

9. Chocolate is good for the brain

Flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflamatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.

10. Chocolate makes you feel better

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine  which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love.

 

truffles

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