Unusual Health Benefits Of Chocolate

Chocolate helps with Math

Besides the usual health benefits of dark chocolate such as helping you lose weight, lowers blood pressure, and has lots of nutrients. Dark chocolate also has some other really cool health benefits that you probably never heard of. But when we talk about dark chocolate, we mean a really high percentage dark chocolate of at least 85%. And the higher the percentage, the better. It may actually take a bit of getting used to the taste as high percentage dark chocolates are much more bitter than chocolates such as milk chocolate. But unfortunately, milk chocolates and dark chocolates with very low cocoa percentages, have very little to no health benefits. So what are they?

Could Help You With Math

Believe it or not, but chocolate may actually help you with math. That is if you need the help. Dark chocolate has flavonols which is a compound in chocolate with properties similar to antioxidant. They are thought to improve circulation which includes blood flow to the brain. There have been studies conducted in the past where participants who ate dark chocolate could actually solve math equations more quickly than they could before. Those who ate the dark chocolate were also less susceptible to metal fatigue.

Helps Prevent Stretch Marks

Probably the best way (in terms of fun and tasty) to keep your skin healthy and actually prevent stretch marks. Dark chocolate is great for your skin as it is rich in zinc. This helps in strengthening the connective tissues that holds your skin together. And it’s the cocoa in chocolate that can help your skin get more firm and provide right levels of hydration and elasticity. Dark chocolate can also reduce the puffiness in your skin and leaves a healthy glow.

Fills You Up

Did your mom ever warn you that if you eat that chocolate before your dinner, it will ruin your appetite? Well, looks like your mom was right. There has also been research conducted where participants who ate dark chocolate within 2 hours of eating actually ate less dinner. So if you’re trying to lose weight, this can help suppress your appetite and fill you up for longer.

The Health Benefits Of Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

I know what you are thinking right now, chocolate is healthy? I am going to go and eat those stashed away candy bars! But it is not that easy. Unfortunately not all chocolate is healthy. It is generally the dark chocolate that’s good for you, and the darker the better! Look for cocoa percentages higher than 80%. So unfortunately milk chocolate, white chocolate, or generally any chocolate bar probably aren’t going to have these benefits. So what are the health benefits of dark chocolate? We explain them below.

It’s Nutritious

Again, this chocolate needs to be dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage. It doesn’t go for milk or white chocolate. Dark chocolate has lots of fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, and selenium. It basically sounds like you’re having a multivitamin tablet. This stuff is actually good for you.

Antioxidants

Quality dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, so high in fact that it is one of the highest foods filled with antioxidants. This helps your body heal and makes good quality dark chocolate very good for you.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Dark chocolate has been shown to actually lower blood pressure. How it does this is by increasing your blood flow allowing your blood to move around your body freely and without restrictions. Unfortunately this is not always the case and it will not lower blood pressure by a large amount. It’s more of an added bonus rather than a reason to start eating dark chocolate.

Can Help You Lose Weight

By now you are thinking that dark chocolate must have been sent to earth from heaven. And now chocolate can help you lose weight? This stuff is amazing. So how does chocolate actually help you lose weight? Well, eating chocolate around 15-20 minutes before a meal and shortly after a meal will actually help you feel fuller and will cause you to eat less dinner. This is tern may actually help you lose weight. Crazy stuff!

Helps Protect You From The Sun

In some cases, great quality dark chocolate has been shown to actually help protect you from the sun. But for it to be effective, you will need to start eating dark chocolate more than a few days before you go out in the sun. Probably best for around 2 weeks of eating chocolate. Doesn’t sound too bad does it?

So there you have it. Good quality dark chocolate has so many benefits to us and tastes so great. So what do I mean when I say good quality? Well generally anything that has more than 75% cocoa in there. So don’t be getting the dark chocolate with added sugar and low cocoa levels. Generally if you don’t see the percentage in large lettering on the front label, it is probably not good for you. This stuff is so amazing and if you haven’t already tried some good dark chocolate, go out and get some.

Things You Can Use Chocolate For

More to life than chocolate

So you like eating a bar of chocolate. Or maybe two? Well who doesn’t? Well probably no one who has found this site, as we all should be chocolate lovers. But there is so much more we can do with chocolate that we may not have even realized. I hear you saying to yourself, ‘did I just read that right?’ So what are some of our favorite ways to eat chocolate besides chowing down a block of creamy chocolate?

Chocolate Fondue

Have you ever eaten a chocolate fondue? If you’re a fan of chocolate, this is your next mission, try a chocolate fondue. Never heard of it? Well basically what you do it dip different types of fruits into melted chocolate which is generally in a fountain or something similar and enjoy. These things are amazing and are a must try.

Protein Bars

Have you ever tried making your own protein bars? While not as glamorous as a chocolate fondue, protein bars can keep you going for hours and are usually pretty good for you depending on what you put in them. And if you think that these homemade protein bars are not tasty enough, try melting chocolate onto them for that extra flavor. For a healthier option, try using dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage.

Almonds

Who doesn’t love and eat almonds? Well I guess only the people who are allergic to them, otherwise everyone else eats them. There is only one thing that can make almonds taste any better, yep you guessed it, chocolate. You can buy chocolate covered almonds in most grocery stores and they taste amazing. If you are a fan of chocolate and almonds, you must try these. That is of course unless you also have an addictive personality, then maybe you shouldn’t try these!