Valentine’s Day is the day of flowers, candies, and chocolates. But due to the recent taboo experts have made out of chocolates, lovers are hesitating to exchange them.
The truth is that if taken in adequate amounts, chocolates can even make you healthier and more passionate than ever. Here are the top reasons why you can continue exchanging chocolates this Valentine’s Day:
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Chocolate lowers the blood pressure, and thus, benefits the cardiovascular system.
It not only lowers your blood pressure, but also increases your flow of blood. It triggers the production of nitric oxide in your body, which in turn widens and relaxes the blood vessels. Eating chocolates also discourages the blood platelets to stick with each other, thereby reducing the chances of blood clot and plaque formation in the arteries. According to a study, consuming cocoa everyday is as effective as taking baby aspirin everyday, which is frequently recommended for the health of the heart.
Chocolates cause the brain to release endorphins, thereby promoting the feeling of happiness and well-being. Chocolates also cause the brain to release serotonin, which is commonly associated with the sense of well being.
Chocolate is also effective in lowering insulin resistance, so that glucose is processed in your body more effectively.
According to a research, eating dark chocolate everyday lowers blood pressure, prevents building-up of LDL cholesterol, and protects your heart from damage due to free radicals.
Pure cocoa is also rich in nutrients, with decent amounts of vitamin B, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, copper, selenium and zinc.
Just like green tea, red wine and several vegetables and fruits, cocoa also contains flavanoids which act as potent antioxidants. These are disease-fighting enzymes which protect your body by trapping the free radical molecules. According to a study held at University of California, only one and a half ounce of chocolate has the same amount of phenols as a 5-ounce glass of red wine.
Cocoa also contains anti-bacterial agents which can help in actually fighting against tooth decay. However, brushing teeth after chocolate eating is still recommended.
There is a myth that eating chocolate can encourage acne. But a study conducted by the US Naval Academy and Pennsylvania School of Medicine proved that it does not have any effects on the skin condition of chocolate eaters.
It is true that not all chocolates are not created with all of these benefits. Dark chocolates are healthy, as they contain nutrients and phytochemicals, but processed chocolates may not be as healthy. The antioxidant content found in chocolates may vary, depending on how much they have been processed chemically. Many low-quality chocolates actually lack these beneficial qualities, and that is the reason why chocolates have become such a huge taboo.
So, choose the best quality chocolates only, and enjoy them this Valentine’s Day without guilt.