Read on to know how eating chocolate benefits our health!

Chocolate is by far the most loved single food item ever! Love for chocolates goes beyond age, gender, ethnicity, religion, and culture. While many nutritionists and health experts advise against eating this ultimate comfort food, here are 10 reasons why you can happily include dark chocolate, with cocoa content of 70% or more, in your diet.

Good for the heart

Dark chocolate has been studied to improve the flexibility of arteries, prevent sticking of white blood cells to blood vessels, and thus prevent clogging of arteries.

Prevents stroke

Some researchers have found that consuming chocolates lower the risk of stroke.

High mineral content

Dark chocolate contains highly beneficial minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, and selenium.

Reduces cholesterol

Consuming cocoa has been associated with lowered levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and increased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, which lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Skin health

Dark chocolate contains flavonols that protect the skin from harmful solar radiations and sun damage.

Help lose weight

 If a piece of dark chocolate is eaten before a meal, the brain triggers a feeling of fullness, which cuts down the amount of food or calories consumed.

For expecting mothers

According to a study, consuming chocolate reduces stress in expecting mothers and they tend to deliver happier babies that smile more often.

Prevent diabetes

Cocoa improves insulin sensitivity and consuming dark chocolate can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.

For brain

Flavonols in dark chocolate can reduce memory loss as it offers anti-inflammatory benefits.

Happiness

Phenylethylamine (PEA) present in chocolate is a chemical that gives the sensation of falling in love as it encourages the brain to release endorphins.