Why you Should be Eating Chocolate

Chocolate is one of those foods you can’t help but love.  Well, at least it is for me.  I just love it on it’s own, infused with flavours such as mint, or mixed together with nuts and fruit, or to drink by the cup on a cold winters days.  The ways to eat chocolate are endless.  But we must be aware of the types of chocolate we are eating and of course how much we consume.

In this article I want to share with you the reasons you should be eating chocolate and what type of chocolate you should be consuming on a regular basis.

You’ll get the benefits of chocolate from eating at least 70%-90% cacao.  You should easily find this number on the front of most chocolate bars and other chocolate products.  If not, you’ll have to look in the ingredient list.   If the first ingredient is milk or sugar, the chocolate bar is not going to have at least 70% cacao and you will not get the benefits that dark chocolate offers.  So, read the ingredient list carefully.

Reasons to eat 70%-90% cacao:

Reason #1 – Heart Heath

Organic dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol

Reason #2 – Prevents Diabetes

Dark chocolate has been shown to inhibit blood sugar issues to help prevent diabetes and obesity.

Reason #3 – Eases PMS

Because dark chocolate contains magnesium it’s great for relaxing muscle cramps.  It’s probably one of the reason women crave chocolate at certain times of the month.

Reason #4 – Anti-Depressant

Dark chocolate contains serotonin and stimulates endorphin production.  How could anyone feel depressed when eating chocolate!

Reason #5 – Reduces Stress

Eating just 1-2 ounces of dark chocolate a day can help reduce stress levels.

Want to try a unique chocolate treat, try my Chocolate Avocado Pudding, it’s quick and easy to make and tastes divine!

What’s your favourite way to indulge in chocolate?  Please share in the comments below.