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Chocolate Health Benefits

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It seems like chocolate is in the news almost weekly these days. New studies are revealing all kinds of health benefits, while detractors say the sugar content is bad for both your waistline and your teeth.

Like most foods, careful selection and moderation is the key to guilt free enjoyment. Here’s a breakdown of the latest news in chocolate and how you can enjoy this sweet snack for your health’s sake.

According to a recent Australian study, the antioxidants found in chocolate can help reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals when they exercise.

A study conducted by the University of San Diego showed that chocolate can help ease emotional distress and aids in stress management.

Speaking of stress management, one study found that having a little dark chocolate in the afternoon can help boost your mood and alertness at work, while also reducing your work related stress.

Swedish researchers found that women who enjoyed one to two servings of dark chocolate a week reduced their risk of heart failure by over 33 percent compared to those who avoided chocolate.

Dark chocolates can help to curb cravings for sweet and salty foods, because it makes you feel more satisfied compared to its less healthy counterpart, milk chocolate.

Again, the key to these benefits is moderation, but don’t be afraid to indulge a little from time to time. Just remember to brush, (or a least drink plenty of water and chew some gum after eating chocolate) and enjoy your healthy snack!