When you’re offered a chocolate bar or a cake, it’s really almost impossible to resist, isn’t it? We don’t want to hurt the chocolate’s feelings by rejecting it now, would we? These are the lame excuses we make to devour in some chocolate goodness. It’s not a good meal if it doesn’t end with an amazing chocolate dessert, no? We definitely think so. But most times, we hesitate only because we don’t want to increase our calorie count. So we’re constantly conflicted whether to take that bite or let it go. So today, we’re going to give you some reasons you should enjoy chocolate rather than feel guilty after eating it. Here are a few health benefits of eating chocolates (in limits) this World Chocolate Day.

1. It’s good for your skin

Contrary to the age-old myth of chocolate causing acne, it actually is really good for the skin. The flavonoids found in dark chocolate protect women’s skin from the sun’s UV rays.

2. Chocolate will make you feel gooooood

You agree to that, don’t you? Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.

Woman Eating Chocolate (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Woman Eating Chocolate (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

3. It’s good for your brain

Chocolate supposedly helps in memory. It aids in recovering from memory loss and concussion of the brain.

4. It improves blood flow

Studies have found that people who eat chocolate regularly have better blood circulation than the people who don’t eat chocolate.

5. It’s good for the heart

Many studies prove that chocolate helps in preventing blood clots which in turn reduces risks of heart attacks.

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6. It decreases the risk of strokes

Chocolate contains flavonoids, whose antioxidant properties help fight strokes.

7. It could help in preventing cancer

Cocoa contains a compound called pentameric procyanidin which disrupts cancer cells’ ability to spread. Studies suggest that the proteins necessary for cancer growth are suppressed because of chocolate.

So, what are you waiting for? Run to your kitchen and take a satisfying bite of that chocolate that’s been haunting you.

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