Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Health Benefits of Chocolate

In their September 2009 article, Health Magazine, called Chocolate - "THE HEALTHY INDULGENCE!"  They also stated that it is the "ultimate feel-good food that keeps your heart healthy, mood up, and body in great shape."  There are four areas that were highlighted:

Heart Helper: A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate dark chocolate had less of a protein that increases inflammation, which can lead to a heart attack. 

Mood Enhancer:  Chocolate is often craved when we are feeling down.   Tryptophan contained in chocolate increases the mood-lifting serotonin in the brain.  "Another study even found that the taste, texture, and smell make us happier."

Skin Soother:  Chocolate with the benefits of its antioxidants is often used in spa treatments to help smooth and soften the skin.

Cravings Buster:  "University of Copenhagen researchers found that subjects felt fuller and craved fewer sweet, salty, and fatty foods when they snacked on chocolate.  Be sure to choose dark chocolate as its low glycemic index steadies blood sugar levels, cutting cravings."

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