Chocolate? It’s Good for You

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, there is good news: chocolate is good for you. No, it’s not just wishful thinking. A study reported in the journal Neurology discovered that dark chocolate may help people (particularly mature folks) think more clearlyCosmetic_ Dentistry.

“Chocolate contains flavanols and the more flavanols, the better the improvement,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office. “Dark chocolate has considerably more flavanols, and a lot less sugar,” she adds.

The journal BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) reports that eating dark chocolate may reduce your risk for heart attack by reducing blood pressure and improving insulin sensitivity.

Chocolate contains fiber, which means that it fills you up faster than other calories. Instead of avoiding chocolate, indulging in a little may help you avoid other food temptations.

There’s more good news. Chocolate eaters may be thinner than those who don’t. The website LiveScience reports that “The results show people who eat chocolate frequently have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who consume the treat less regularly. Body mass index is a ratio of weight to height and is considered an indicator of body fatness.”

The darker the chocolate, the better it is for you. Make your own hot chocolate by melting some dark chocolate in skim milk or water and adding just a touch of sweetener. It’s the drink the Aztecs enjoyed, and it is still delicious.

Of course, eating a lot of anything and not exercising isn’t a recipe for health, but a bit of dark chocolate as a treat may be just the right thing to bring a smile to your face.

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