Most of us have known this for a while – especially those who have a liking for this wonderful concoction. Yet do you really know why chocolate is good for you? Since it is Easter tomorrow and you will probably eat more chocolate than you normally do, I thought it would be nice to post something about these delightful treats today.
So, how is chocolate good for the health? The most common fact that people know about is that it contains antioxidants. Of course, antioxidants keep us healthy by keeping the bad effects of aging away. They also help keep cancer at bay. Yet there is more to chocolate than antioxidants!
Kathleen Blanchard over at Her Active Life shares some other health benefits of chocolate. For example, eating dark chocolate squares can bring about benefits with regard to blood pressure (hypertension) over the long term. More than this, another study supports the idea that chocolate can actually reduce LDL cholesterol. This is the type of cholesterol that we do not want!
More than these physical health benefits, I believe in the soothing power of chocolate. Think about the last time that you felt horrible and you had a bit of chocolate to help you feel better. Wasn’t it wonderful comfort food?
There is no need to convince myself that chocolate can be good for your health. The thing is, we perhaps might need to moderate our indulgence. Everything taken in excess will end up being bad for us. So tomorrow, try not to over do it with Easter chocolate! 😉
Originally posted on March 22, 2008 @ 12:45 am