Is Chocolate Healthy For You?
Le Chocolat, the Coveted Chocolate is Widely Enjoyed in France
The French love chocolate, and most Europeans have an admiration for this delicate and simple healthy indulgence. A small piece, (a square), of simple chocolate is enjoyed as a treat during snack time or after lunch with small coffee. The French enjoy this ritual and buy the planks of real chocolate to keep on hand for a daily taste. If you have visited France and ordered a café (small coffee) in a café, sometimes the coffee comes with a small piece of chocolate on the side.
Eating chocolate is part of being French, but if you just want to enjoy the taste you have the green light for indulence, because a delicious, high cacao chocolate (especially dark chocolate) is on the list of healthy foods to eat.
Note: This type of flat plain chocolate such as you see in the picture, (or flat piece with some addition of nuts or raisins) is the best health choice compared to chocolate bars like Snickers, Mars or Milky Way.
The Health Benefits of Chocolate
High in Magnesium, a mineral that helps with stress and muscle relaxation
High in Flavonoids, which help to lower blood pressure
Stimulates ‘Happy Hormone’ Endorphin Production
Contains Serotonin, which aids in increasing well-being
High in Polyphenol Antioxidants
Choose the Darkest Chocolate From the Chocolate Crowd
Why is Dark Chocolate the chocolate with the most health benefits?
Lower Glycemic Index than Oatmeal
Improves Blood Flow
Prevents Plaque Formation
What is your favorite type of chocolate? Do you get that euphoric feeling after eating a piece?
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