Chocolates, mmm, that savoury bittersweet taste in your mouth would leave you craving for more. But you hold yourself back because chocolate ain’t good for you ?! Well let me show you the goodness within, and now you can bug your partner to get you a bar of chocolate every day!

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1. Chocolate Lowers Cholesterol
According to one study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, chocolate consumption might help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, also known as “bad fats.” The team of researchers set out to investigate whether chocolate bars containing plant sterols (PS) and cocoa flavanols (CF) have any effect on cholesterol levels.

The study authors wrote, “results indicate that regular consumption of chocolate bars containing PS and CF, as part of a low-fat diet, may support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure.

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2. Preventing Memory Decline. (Which means, better memory for longer years)
Scientists at Harvard Medical School suggest that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help keep the brain healthy and reduce memory decline in older people.

Hot… Chocolate.. mmm the thought of that.

The researchers found out that Hot Chocolate helped improve blood flow to the parts of the brain that is needed.

In a further study, published in 2014, researchers found that a cocoa extract – called lavado – could, perhaps, reduce or prevent damage to nerve pathways found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. This means that symptoms of the condition – such as cognitive decline – could be slowed.

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3. Chocolate and it’s benefits to stroke patients
Canadian scientists carried out a study involving 44,489 individuals and found that people eating chocolate were 22 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who didn’t. Also, those who had a stroke but regularly consumed chocolate were 46 percent less likely to die as a result.

In a further study, published in the journal Heart in 2015, researchers tracked the impact of diet on the long-term health of 25,000 men and women. The findings suggested that eating up to 100 grams of chocolate each day may be linked to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: medical news today

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