As a kid you were probably told that eating chocolate is bad for your health especially your teeth. Eating too many chocolates is also associated with elevated blood sugar level putting you at a risk of diabetes and an expanding waistline. But all that has more to do with sugar than chocolate and recent research shows that dark chocolate is not all that bad either.
Protects your heart: A study published in the journal FASEB says that your stomach bacteria readily break down dark chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds. These compounds, when absorbed by the body, reduce inflammation of the heart muscles, reducing your chances of getting a stroke.
Prevents progression of Alzheimer's: A recent study has shown that resveratrol, a compound found in dark chocolate, prevents the progression of dementia and Alzheimer's. The study was published in the journal Neurology.
Keeps anger away: Yes dark chocolate is a go-to comfort food and can be your BFF. It does make you feel better after all. But a new study says that it can also keep your anger away. The study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology says that polyphenols in dark chocolate have a calming effect on you and give you a sense of contentment.
Helps you stay slim: And you thought you'd put on weight after eating that bar of dark chocolate. According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, chocolate contains ingredients that favour weight loss rather than fat synthesis. The study found that people eating chocolate a few times a week were, on average, slimmer than those who ate it occasionally.
Wards off diabetes: A study published in the Journal of Nutrition, flavonoid in dark chocolate offers protection from Type-2- diabetes. The study pointed out that high intake of flavonoids is associated with lower insulin resistance and better blood glucose regulation. The study also proved that flavonoids can lower inflammation associated with type-2-diabetes.