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11 Reasons Chocolate Is Good for Your Health

11 Reasons Chocolate Is Good for Your Health

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It turns out that chocolate—especially dark chocolate—reduces body mass, prevents blood clots, improves numeracy, may prevent cancer, and doesn’t ruin your complexion.

11 Reasons Chocolate Is Good for Your Health

It turns out that chocolate—especially dark chocolate—reduces body 

mass, prevents blood clots, improves numeracy, may prevent cancer, 

and doesn’t ruin your complexion.

A new study suggests that eating chocolate can help you stay thin. Researchers 

at the University of California-San Diego found that people who frequently eat 

chocolate have lower body-mass indexes than people who don’t. Other evidence 

indicates that chocolate can also ward off strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes. So 

here are 11 reasons to indulge in some s’mores this summer (no word yet on the 

health benefits of marshmallows) …

1. Chocolate decreases stroke risk

A Swedish study found that eating more than 45 grams of chocolate per 

week—about two bars worth—led to a 20 percent decrease in stroke risk among 

women. Chocolate contains flavonoids, whose antioxidant properties help fight 

strokes, the study’s author, Susanna Larsson.

2. Chocolate reduces the likelihood of a heart attack

Other studies show that eating chocolate prevents blood clots, which in turn 

reduces the risk of heart attacks. Blood platelets clump together more slowly in 

chocolate eaters, the studies say.

3. Chocolate protects against blood inflammation

Eat one Hershey’s dark chocolate bar per week, and your risk of heart disease 

will decrease, a 2008 study found. About 6.7 grams of dark chocolate per day 

keeps the blood inflammation-inducing proteins away. Just like your mother 

always told you.

4. Chocolate helps with math

British psychologists found that flavanols (a class of flavonoids, which are 

found in chocolate) helped people with their mental math. Study subjects had an 

easier time counting backwards from a randomly-generated number between 

800 and 999 after drinking a cup of hot chocolate than they did without the 

cocoa. “The findings suggest students who binge on chocolate when revising for 

exams may gain a real benefit from doing so,” the British Telegraph reported.

5. Chocolate may prevent cancer

Cocoa contains a compound called pentameric procyanidin, or pentamer, which 

disrupts cancer cells’ ability to spread. When researchers from the Lombardi 

Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University treated cancer cells 

with pentamer back in 2005, the proteins necessary for cancer growth were 

suppressed and the cells stopped dividing.

6. Chocolate reduces the risk of diabetes

The Italians know a thing or two about good eating.And a small 

study from the University of L'Aquila, in Italy, found that eating 

chocolate increases insulin sensitivity, which reduces the risk of diabetes.

7. Chocolate is good for your skin

“Some people say that I eat too many chocolate bars …” Remember that acne 

infomercial from the 90s? No? Well, it doesn’t matter. Not only does it not 

cause breakouts, it’s actually good for your skin! (Well, dark chocolate at least.) 

Flavonoids found in dark chocolate protect women’s skin from the sun’s UV 

rays, according to German scientists. But that doesn’t mean you can skip the 

sunscreen.

8. Chocolate can control coughs

The most delicious way to kick your cough, apparently, is chocolate. One of the 

sweet’s chemical components, theobromine, seems to reduce the activity of 

the vagus nerve, the part of the brain that triggers coughing fits. Scientists are 

even working on a cough-quelling drug that uses theobromine in place of 

codeine—anarcotic common in cough medicine.

9. Chocolate improves blood flow

In 2008 Harvard scientists forced test subjects to undergo “two weeks of 

enhanced chocolate intake.” A fortnight of chocolate face-stuffing, they found, 

sped up blood flow through their subject’s middle cerebral arteries. In other 

words, more chocolate means more blood to your brain.

10. Chocolate strengthens your brain

Researchers at  the Johns Hopkins University found that dark chocolate shields 

cells in your brain, and accordingly protects it from damage caused by stroke. 

Epicatechin, a compound found in chocolate, significantly reduced the brain 

damage in mice who suffered strokes, they found. Scientists at California's Salk 

Institute also found that epicatechin improved mice’s memories.

11. Chocolate makes you live longer

Jeanne Louise Calment lived to the age of 122—the oldest anyone has ever 

lived. She ate two and a half pounds of dark chocolate per week. Harvard 

researchers found that eating chocolate actually adds two years to your life 

expectancy.

But don’t just start binging on chocolate! Most of the chocolate you buy in the 

grocery store is heavily processed, which means that it has lost many of its 

healthy chemicals. And some of the research supporting chocolate’s healthy 

characteristics was paid for by chocolate manufacturers.

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