Yeah, you read that right.
Chocolate is good for you!
… in moderation.
… and it has to be DARK chocolate (more than 75% cacao).
So, here’s the thing - with Halloween right around the corner, this is not an excuse to overindulge in dark chocolate. It’s easy to do, we get it. It’s so dang delicious that it’s hard to stop yourself at ONE OUNCE per day. Yeah, you read that part right too. That’s the moderation we’re talkin’ about. And don’t think you can outsmart the system and eat 7 ounces on Halloween and then not again for the rest of the week. It doesn’t work like that. Oh! And, obviously, if you’re consuming dark chocolate on a daily basis, you should probably hit up a REBEL class every now and then too!
Let’s talk about why you should make dark chocolate a part of your daily life:
It contains powerful antioxidantsThese antioxidants are called flavonoids. Flavonoids increase the production of nitric oxide which promotes the widening of blood vessels and can decrease blood pressure in. They promote blood circulation AND the prevent plaque from building up in your arteries. So, we can break it down like this: flavonoids, or chocolate, keep your cardiovascular system working properly ;). In addition to the antioxidants, dark chocolate also contains iron, potassium, zinc, selenium, magnesium, manganese, and copper … all essential minerals to keep your body healthy and happy!
It protects your skinOk, this sounds crazy, we get it. Stick this out though and you’ll be turning to dark chocolate to protect yourself from a sunburn! Just kidding, please don’t rely on chocolate for UV protection. Seriously though, studies have shown that eating flavanol-rich chocolate every day for 12 weeks cut the impact of UV exposure on skin by at least 25%. It also resulted in smoother, thicker skin for women (which translates to fewer wrinkles and skin issues).
It makes you HAPPYNow this is legit. Close your eyes for a moment and think about the last time you ate dark chocolate. Did it make you happy? OF COURSE IT DID. There are literally chemicals in dark chocolate that positively affect the brain by releasing specific neurotransmitters. One of the neurotransmitters - phenylethylamine - is commonly known as “the love drug” because it arouses feelings similar to those that occur when you're in love - it causes alertness and a degree of excitement, quickens the pulse rate, and makes you happy.
Just to reiterate - THIS IS NOT YOUR PERMISSION TO GET CHOCOLATE CRAZY. Chocolate, dark or otherwise, contains a lot of fat. And not the good kind of fat. So, let’s keep it to one ounce per day, and we’ll all be happy :).