Is Chocolate the Fountain of Youth?

 

Have we finally found the fountain of youth?

 

If chocolate really is the fountain of youth and can make you look

younger – I think we have found heaven!

 

Even though chocolate is considered decadent (and wonderfully

delicious!) you might be surprised to learn that it does have quite a

few health benefits that can keep you looking as young as possible for

as long as possible.

 

This isn’t an invitation to indulge in a chocolate fest, because too

much of anything isn’t going to be good for you – and too much

chocolate will put on weight!

 

For maximum health benefits, you need to indulge in high quality dark

chocolate, as milk chocolate is really high in sugar and doesn’t

contain as many nutrients as dark chocolate. 

 

Let’s take a look at why you should consider dark chocolate the

fountain of youth.

 

woman eating chocolate - fountain of youth

 

Dark chocolate contains antioxidants

 

Antioxidants reverse the effects of free radical damage in your body.

This is why we want plenty of antioxidants in our diet and in our skincare

products

Much of the damage to our skin from free radicals comes from

environmental pollutants and over-exposure to UV rays (sunlight). All

of that sunbathing when we were younger eventually comes home to

roost with dry, sun damaged skin, uneven skin tones, hyper-

pigmentation and sun spots.

 

One of the reasons why you should chose dark chocolate over milk

chocolate or even white chocolate is that dark chocolate contains

hardly any milk solids (compared to milk or white chocolate), instead it

contains cocoa solids which are high in antioxidants.

 

The higher the percentage of cocoa solids, the more antioxidants

contained in the chocolate, and the less sugar it contains. Some

people don’t like the really dark chocolate with a high percentage of

cocoa solids, because it can take bitter not sweet (due to the lower

amount of sugar), but if you try hard enough, you will find a dark

chocolate that you like!

 

Health benefits of chocolate

 

High blood pressure, stroke and stress

 

There are lots of studies that demonstrate that chocolate can be really

good for your health. 

 

A study in 2006 found that flavanols, which are powerful antioxidants

contained in dark chocolate, are directly responsible for improved

cardiovascular health. In fact, diets rich in flavanols (present in plants)

and their presence in tea, grape wine and cocoa are well known as

being good for our cardiovascular health. 

 

Flavanols have been shown to reduce the risk of blood pressure, glucose

intolerance, and our immune response. In 2016, a study demonstrated that

dark chocolate can prevent the onset of diabetes, while an earlier study in 2009

found that when highly stressed people ate dark chocolate every day

for two weeks, their stress levels reduced significantly. 

 

So if you eat a moderate amount of dark chocolate regularly, it seems

that your heart will be happier and healthier and you might even not

catch as many colds!

 

benefits of dark chocolate

 

Dark chocolate reduces cholesterol

 

A study in 2009 found that consuming dark chocolate, one of the richest

sources of flavanols, actually reduces LDL (the bad lipids) and

increases the HDL (the good lipids). Multiple studies have also shown

the same results – that dark chocolate eaten regularly can reduce the

amount of bad cholesterol in your body. 

 

Dr Will Clower, author of ‘Eat Chocolate Lose Weight‘ says that you can use

chocolate to cut down your cravings and reduce your nagging hunger,

so that you naturally eat less food. He suggests that dark chocolate

with at least 70% cocoa is the type of chocolate that is good for you!

 

health benefits of dark chocolate

 

Dark chocolate is good for your brain

 

The cocoa in dark chocolate has been shown to improve cognitive function,

which means that you pay attention and memorise things more easily

when you eat chocolate! Another study found that eating chocolate

can even reverse some of the effects of aging on our cognitive functions.

 

Who knew that eating chocolate helped you to remember your

shopping list and phone numbers? Even better – chocolate helps you

to keep thinking straight as you become older!

 

Take home message

 

Eating chocolate isn’t as bad as we first thought and experts have

known about the benefits of chocolate to our health for quite some

time. Eating chocolate night and day or missing meals so that you can

eat chocolate is not a good idea.

 

As part of a sensible, balanced diet, the experts seem to say that a

little bit of chocolate every day can seriously improve your health and

keep your skin looking healthier and younger. 

 

So is chocolate the fountain of youth? 

Who knows – I hope so!

But eating chocolate is a fabulous way to make your skin

look younger, reduce your cholesterol and stress levels, and reduce

your likelihood of heart problems.

 

 

Chocolate - the fountain of youth

 


 

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