Chocolate is good for your health in several ways.
Here are three more reasons why it’s smart to keep chocolate in your diet.
Heart Healthy — Daily chocolate consumption may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in some high-risk patients, according to a 2012 study in the journal BMJ.
Why is chocolate so popular?
Chocolate triggers the release of endorphins and serotonin, which make us feel good, Rodriguez said. And while no proof exists that chocolate is an aphrodisiac, it does contain the chemical phenylethylamine, a mild mood elevator that our brain produces when we feel happy or in love.
What are the benefits of chocolate?
7 Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
- Very Nutritious. Share on Pinterest.
- Powerful Source of Antioxidants. ORAC stands for “oxygen radical absorbance capacity.”
- May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure.
- Raises HDL and Protects LDL From Oxidation.
- May Reduce Heart Disease Risk.
- May Protect Your Skin From the Sun.
- Could Improve Brain Function.
Why do we like chocolate?
Chocolate and the Brain
The basic fact that chocolate tastes good and we enjoy eating it means that the body releases dopamine during chocolate consumption. Chocolate also increases serotonin in the brain, a neurotransmitter responsible for better mood, sleep, and reduction of anxiety.
Why is chocolate important to the Mayans?
It appears to have been a truly integral part of their religious and social lives. The cacao bean and beverage were used in a variety of religious rituals honoring the Mayan gods — the liquid chocolate sometimes standing in for blood — and were considered “god food.” The Maya even had a god of cacao.