How can you not love chocolate? The aroma it gives off and its delicious taste are a real embrace of the senses. Hero of ancient recipes, chocolate is always associated with irresistible indulgence… Who can say no a square of something dark and delicious after dinner or a rich hot chocolate drink on a cold winter afternoon! And how could you say no to a creamy chocolate dessert or a triple-choc ice-cream on a hot summer’s day?
But chocolate is so much more more than this! Whilst satisfying your sweet tooth, it is a precious ally to support the health of both your body and your mind. Truly: eating chocolate is good for your body as a whole. Whilst stimulating the production of endorphins and serotonin, which contribute to improve your mood, dark chocolate is full of flavonoids, antioxidant substances able to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of cellular decay…..
Thanks to these properties, dark chocolate is important for people affected by hypertension: a study of Norwich Medical School shows that cocoa is able to improve the functionality of your blood vessels, thus helping prevent heart attack and heart-related diseases. Such illnesses are often caused by high levels of cholesterol… but chocolate can help even here, improving your ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) and reducing ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL), thanks to the action of stearic acid.
And if you are over stressed, giving yourself a square of chocolate in the afternoon or for breakfast can be very helpful in calming your nerves, reducing your sense of fatigue and increasing your concentration: all this thanks to the action of magnesium and caffeine, two further components of this helpful food, a natural antidepressant.
Finally, don’t forget the aphrodisiac effect of chocolate… not just on San Valentine’s Day: ending a dinner a deux with a divine dark-chocolate cake can be the key to boost your desire!