It is fair to say that we love our chocolate in Australia and chocolate is loved throughout the whole world and for good reasons. It smells great, it looks fantastic, it tastes amazing and it can be bought almost anywhere. Chocolate is made from the cocoa bean and the health benefits have been proven to be good for us. There are many different types of chocolate to choose from, but here in Australia we tend to like the dark chocolate and the milk chocolate. There doesn’t really have to be a special occasion to warrant the consumption of chocolate.
However, many of us work hard all day and are very busy on the weekends, taking care of the things that we couldn’t do during the week. This leaves very little time to be able to visit our favourite chocolate shop and because it closes early in the evening, we are unable to get our chocolate fix. Thankfully, there is a solution and now due to the wide availability of the internet, we can all buy our chocolate online. This has changed the game completely, and now we can get chocolate delivered to our home or business and some might see this as a good thing or a bad thing.
Many people do not realise the benefits of consuming chocolate on a regular basis and so we will explore some of them here today.
- Very nutritious – If you choose dark chocolate, then that is a wise decision because it contains many nutrients that are good for your health. Cocoa contains antioxidants and these can help lower the incidence of heart disease. It also contains fibre, iron and seven other essential vitamins, however, like most things, it needs to be consumed in moderation in order to appreciate the full health effects.
- Improved blood flow – A number of studies have shown that cocoa and chocolate helps to improve blood flow and lower your blood pressure. Having low blood pressure reduces your chances of having a major stroke, and improved blood flow is beneficial for a healthy heart.
- Reduces cholesterol – In our bodies, we have different kinds of cholesterol, the good cholesterol and the bad cholesterol. Consuming chocolate helps to decrease what is known as LDL cholesterol in men and this LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol. It is the large amounts of antioxidants that make this change in your body and this helps with things like diabetes and heart disease.
- Skin protection – Dark chocolate contains compounds that protect your skin against the ravages of the sun and UV rays. It helps to improve blood flow directly to the skin and this increases the skin’s density and also helps to hydrate the skin.
Many people think that chocolate should be avoided, but the above reasons prove otherwise. Enjoying some chocolate now and then has proven health benefits and as well as making you feel better, it tastes fantastic as well. Go on, treat yourself to some chocolate today and order some online.