Science is awesome Easter Special 1
I know it's a bit late for an Easter special, but anyways:
Chocolate is good for you for 10 reasons:
1. It lowers your blood pressure. Substances called flavanols work like ACE inhibitors by stimulating the body to produce nitrous oxide. This helps to widen blood vessels.
2. It can prevent liver damage. The above lowered blood pressure is thought to be linked to help prevent liver damage and chronic liver disease.
3. It boosts 'good' cholesterol. Cocoa contains chemicals called polyphemols, which can increase 'good' cholesterol.
4. Keeps your heart healthy. All these effects on the blood and liver also affect the heart, making you 37% less likely to have coronary heart disease and 29% less likely to have a stroke.
5. Makes you feel good. This comes from the release of seratonin and endorphins in the brain.
6. Boosts brain power. In tests, those that ate chocolate had better cognitive performance than those that didn't.
7. Keeps you slim. Surprisingly, people who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner.
8. Makes you cleverer. There is a link between the amount of chocolate eaten per person and the number of Nobel prize winners in a countrys' population. Switzerland had the highest levels of chocolate consumption and the most Nobel laureates.
9. Renovates blood vessels. It makes the arteries more flexible and reduces the stickiness of white blood cells, two factors that help reduce the risk of them getting clogged up.
10. Protects your skin. Some compounds in cocoa can protect your skin from the sun.
Please not that this is true of 20 - 70 grams a day of DARK chocolate. It ONLY works with dark chocolate.