What can we learn about Chocolate on National Chocolate Day?
Well chocolate as most know is a very delicious treat that can often put a smile on just about anybody, but sometimes we can be afraid to break their diets, but that is okay. If you love chocolate and want to remain faithful to your diet, Dark Chocolate could be your alternative.
Did you know that a bar of dark chocolate can carry up to 5 times as much flavonoids than what an apple can tend to carry? Flavonoids are the antioxidants that help increase vein and artery flexibility. Flavonoids can be found in tea and red wine as well, hence the recommendation to a glass of red wine a day from certain doctors. Well doctors are now also recommending up to 3 ounces of dark chocolate a day, as dark chocolate is believed to help reduce bad cholesterol and the risk of blood clots.
Yes chocolate never fails to put a smile on some of us, but did you know that dark chocolate can also improve the serotonin and endorphin levels in our brain which result in a better mood for the individual.
Dark Chocolate has more antioxidant capacity than many fruit juices.
Some studies have shown that eating at least one square of dark chocolate a day can help reduce the risk of a heart attack and a stroke by 39%.
Flavonoids can also help control insulin levels and could help prevent diabetes in a well balanced diet.
So take advantage of the National Chocolate Day and go buy yourself a dark chocolate and smile throughout the day.