Oh, chocolate! This amazing natural resource is an instant favorite of most people, since it’s an especially tasty and romantic treat. Still, most of us tend to avoid any dessert that includes it, following a popular belief that says chocolate is bad for your body and your health.

Science, however, declares it’s not that bad to indulge every once in a while in this delightful sweet, and to help you dispel some myths, we tell you why you should eat chocolate! Here are 4 things you might not know about this delicious food:

 

Why you should eat chocolate #4: It’s not bad for your skin

Have you heard that myth about chocolate and acne? According to most beauty gurus, eating chocolate can produce breakouts, so it’s important not to consume it if you want smooth and beautiful skin.

Still, scientific studies have proven that there’s not a direct link between acne and chocolate consumption, and some dermatologists even indicate that your diet has nothing to do with it at all, although ingesting too many calories can definitely contribute to this skin problem, and each body reacts differently to food.

 

Why you should eat chocolate #3: It doesn’t cause hyperactivity

Giving candy and chocolate to children can produce a hyperactive behavior, right? Not necessarily! Although most people believe chocolate is packed with caffeine –an energy-boosting element-, the fact is that it’s not that high on caffeine, containing almost the same amount as decaffeinated coffee.

Although chocolate can effectively give you a small energy boost, it’s not enough to make you nervous or hyperactive, so don’t be afraid of having some.     

 

Why you should eat chocolate #2: It’s good for your brain

Feeling worried or stressed? Don’t be afraid to munch on a sweet bar of chocolate! As it turns out, this food is great for getting rid of stress-producing hormones, since it’s packed with antioxidants, especially dark chocolate.

Chocolate also contains flavonols, which can boost blood flow towards the brain, helping you stay alert and focused. These effects are also long-term, helping you increase your cognitive abilities.  

 

Why you should eat chocolate #1: It’s good for your heart

According to most people, chocolate increases your weight, and as we all know that has terrible effects on your heart’s health. Yet, science disagrees! The high amount of antioxidants in a bar of dark chocolate can actually lower your cholesterol and BMI (Body Mass Index) levels, and reduce your risk of experiencing a heart attack.

The key, of course, is to not overindulge and opt for moderation. If you consume a piece every day, you won’t feel tempted to stuff yourself with chocolate. That way, you’ll be able to reduce the risk of gaining weight and affecting your body.


 

 

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Sources:
Mother Nature Network. Top 11 chocolate myths. http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/top-11-chocolate-myths
Women’s Health. 9 health benefits of chocolate. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/benefits-of-chocolate?page=1
Spark People. 7 myths and facts about chocolate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1019