Chocolate – Why YOU Need It

Easter Sunday – April 8, 2012

The Health Benefits of Chocolate

I’m not talking about good old Easter eggs here, but as there is a lot of chocolate going around today I thought I’d share some information about the numerous health benefits associated with eating dark chocolate (dark means with a cocoa content of 70% or greater).

Remembering that organic chocolate is going to be even better for you, consuming around 40 grams (4 squares) a day has been scientifically proven to have the following health benefits:

– increases serotonin uptake so can therefore act as a mild anti-depressant

– decreases the production of stress hormones (such as cortisol)

– makes you feel good because it contains endorphin

– has anti-inflammatory properties

– protects the heart

– has antioxidant properties which help fight free-radicals which are a toxic by-product of being stressed

– helps you to feel more alert as it is a stimulant

So now you’ve got some good reasons to eat chocolate without feeling guilty about it, have a safe and HAPPY EASTER!!

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