Anyone who trawls through this website will soon suss out that I am a sucker for Chocolate.
Always regarding any ‘new’ drug or medicine with deepest suspicion – show me a bar of chocolate and I believe anything – true-blue scepticism goes out the window.
So I am indebted to Irene from the Darnton Drop-in Centre for the following – she made my day!
3 New Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate
Chocolate has all but been elevated to superfood status. And the good news keeps rolling in.
So here are three more reasons why you may not want to be too quick to break that chocolate habit. (As long as you’re hitting the dark stuff.)
* Chocolate makes you smarter. Research suggests that the flavonols in dark chocolate increase cerebral blood flow, which in turn may trigger the creation of new blood vessels and brain cells. And a new study showed that older adults performed better on cognitive tests after eating small portions of the sweet stuff. Talk about a nourished noggin! (Here’s why opting for semisweet or unsweetened chocolate may be even better for your brain.)
* Chocolate weakens heart attacks. Although more research is needed to confirm this one, a new study showed that regular chocolate eaters who had heart disease were less likely to die following a heart attack compared with the people who didn’t treat themselves to the dark and dreamy stuff. (Here’s more on chocolate’s heart-smart qualities.)
* Chocolate has a cavity-fighting compound. Okay, so you don’t necessarily want to trade in your toothbrush for a chocolate bar. But some interesting new research shows a compound in chocolate — theobromine — may be just as good as fluoride at hardening tooth enamel. So the compound could find its way into toothpastes and mouthwashes one day. Until then, keep in mind that most commercially prepared chocolate has lots of sugar in it.
Don’t Go Overboard
This is a bit of light-hearted fun, on the principle of a little of what you fancy does you good. This is not an excuse to splurge on a whole box of chocolotes all by yourself – that’s greedy!
I am now going back to reading scientific evidence carefully before I take any more tablets or drugs – but if anyone else wants to send me information about the benefits of chocolate, I promise to read them!