Chocolate reduces body mass, prevents blood clots, improves numeracy, may prevent cancer, and doesn't ruin your complexion.
It turns out that chocolate-especially dark chocolate-reduces body mass,
prevents blood clots, improves numeracy, may prevent cancer, and doesn't
ruin your complexion.
A new study suggests that eating chocolate can help you stay thin.
Researchers at the University of California-San Diego found that people
who frequently eat chocolate have lower body-mass indexes than people
who don't. Other evidence indicates that chocolate can also ward off
strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes. So here are 11 reasons to indulge
in some s'mores this summer (no word yet on the health benefits of
1. Chocolate decreases stroke risk
A Swedish study found that eating more than 45 grams of chocolate per
week-about two bars worth-led to a 20 percent decrease in stroke risk
among women. Chocolate contains flavonoids, whose antioxidant properties
help fight strokes, the study's author, Susanna Larsson, toldHealthDay.
2. Chocolate reduces the likelihood of a heart attack
that eating chocolate prevents blood clots, which in turn reduces the
risk of heart attacks. Blood platelets clump together more slowly in
chocolate eaters, the studies say.
3. Chocolate protects against blood inflammation
Eat one Hershey's dark chocolate bar per week, and your risk of heart
disease will decrease, a2008
study found. About 6.7 grams of dark chocolate per day keeps the
blood inflammation-inducing proteins away. Just like your mother always
4. Chocolate helps with math
flavanols (a class of flavonoids, which are found in chocolate) helped
people with their mental math. Study subjects had an easier time
counting backwards from a randomly-generated number between 800 and 999
after drinking a cup of hot chocolate than they did without the cocoa.
"The findings suggest students who binge on chocolate when revising for
exams may gain a real benefit from doing so," the BritishTelegraphreported.
5. Chocolate may prevent cancer
Cocoa contains a compound called pentameric procyanidin, or pentamer,
which disrupts cancer cells' ability to spread. When researchers from
the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University
treated cancer cells with pentamer back in 2005, the proteins necessary
for cancer growth were suppressed and the cells stopped dividing.
"Some people say that I eat too many chocolate bars …" Remember thatacne
infomercialfrom the 90s?
No? Well, it doesn't matter. Not only does it not cause breakouts, it's
actually good for your skin! (Well, dark chocolate at least.) Flavonoids
found in dark chocolate protect women's skin from the sun's UV rays,
scientists. But that doesn't mean you can skip the sunscreen.
8. Chocolate can control coughs
The most delicious way to kick your cough, apparently, is chocolate. One
of the sweet's chemical components, theobromine, seems to reduce the
activity of thevagus
nerve, the part of the brain that triggers coughing fits. Scientists
are even working on a cough-quelling drug that uses theobromine in place
common in cough medicine.
9. Chocolate improves blood flow
In 2008 Harvard scientists forced test subjects to undergo "two weeks of
enhanced chocolate intake." A fortnight of chocolate face-stuffing, they
found, sped up blood flow through their subject's middle cerebral
arteries. In other words, more chocolate means more blood to your brain.
10. Chocolate strengthens your brain
Researchers at the
Johns Hopkins University foundthat
dark chocolate shields cells in your brain, and accordingly protects it
from damage caused by stroke. Epicatechin, a compound found in
chocolate, significantly reduced the brain damage in mice who suffered
strokes, they found. Scientists at California's Salk Institute also
improved mice's memories.
11. Chocolate makes you live longer
Jeanne Louise Calment lived to the age of 122-the oldest anyone has ever
lived. She ate two and a half pounds ofdark
chocolate per week. Harvard researchers found that eating chocolate
actually adds two years to yourlife
But don't just start binging on chocolate! Most of the chocolate you buy
in the grocery store is heavily processed, which means that it has lost
many of its healthy chemicals. And some of the research supporting
chocolate's healthy characteristics was paid for by chocolate
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