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Consumed in moderation, chocolate can offer cardiovascular benefits. In one study of 31,000 women, it was discovered that women who ate one to two servings of dark chocolate each week were one-third less likely to suffer from cardiovascular failure.
Other studies have shown that women who ate dark chocolate also had lower blood pressure readings and a 39 percent less chance of suffering a stroke or heart attack. Another interesting statistic revealed showed that individuals who survived a heart attack and incorporating eating chocolate two or more times per week reduced their risk of dying from heart disease three times over compared to those who never ate chocolate.
Ever experience a hankering for something sweet or just needed a quick piece of chocolate to tie you over until the next meal? It’s no coincidence that you felt satisfied after just a few bites of chocolate. Thanks to the presence of fiber, chocolate provides a temporary feeling of fullness.
Not only can chocolate give us that satisfying feeling of fullness but it can aid in decreasing craving for salty snacks like chips. Further, a good piece of chocolate has been associated with weight loss because of the very characteristics that have been outlined.
Finally, chocolate simply makes us feel good and puts us in a good mood. Apparently, chocolate is rich in a substance known as flavonols which serve to improve blood flow to the brain. This boost of blood flow creates a feeling of awareness and a wonderful state of alertness.
Keep this in mind my fellow chocaholics...the benefits seen in chocolate are mainly attributed to two forms of chocolate: unprocessed cocoa and dark chocolate so choose your chocolate carefully.
Nonetheless, don't feel too guilty about eating that leftover box of Valentine's Day chocolate.
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