Signs indicating that you don't eat enough chocolate
Well, no dietician will advise you to eat chocolate every single day and in every possible amount. You cannot forget that chocolate is full of sugar, fat and often other unhealthy additives. However, even you take advantage of bittersweet chocolate then you can benefit a lot from eating this not so sweet but healthy dessert. It turns out that two chocolate bars a day are enough! What if you don't eat bittersweet chocolate at all? This article shows unpleasant consequences of that...
You need to know that dark chocolate is good for your brain. Well, eating this dessert in moderation can even prevent dementia and keep your brain sharp. Research shows that those who regularly take advantage of dark chocolate, do better on brain-powered tests! Bittersweet chocolate contains pyrazine, a substance that stimulates your brain and gives it more energy. It also helps you concentrate, solve problems and improves your memory. Any problems with concentration? Take one bar of chocolate!
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Lack of energy
Bittersweet chocolate doesn’t contain much sugar but still, it contains a lot of carbohydrates. That’s why when you lack energy you can take one or two bars of that instead of consuming lots of sweet chocolate bars that contain only artificial preservatives. This is especially useful if you are going to spend the whole day at the gym or plan a day-trip in the mountains. If you don’t take it into account you can feel exhausted and extremely tired.
If you suffer from calf cramps then it is a sign of magnesium and potassium shortage. After all, they can be found in dark chocolate. Well, not big amounts, of course, but 150 mg in 100g chocolate is just another benefit that won’t definitely cause any remorse (unless you eat the whole chocolate at once). Calf cramps can be a distressing and painful problem especially if you walk and run a lot, that’s why always have bittersweet chocolate with you.
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Chocolate contains theobromine, a substance that positively affects your kidneys. It even has diuretic properties so can be useful to those who suffer from urinary tract infection. If you notice any problems with your kidneys then you should obviously consult a doctor but also, don’t forget about buying bittersweet chocolate and consume two bars a day, at least as a supplement of your treatment. This may turn out to be tasty and effective ‘medication’ that can’t do any harm if eaten in moderation.
"Chocolate is the best remedy for bad mood". You have probably heard this fact many times. It’s not only tasty but it’s also the source of phenethylamine, an organic compound that causes the increase of endorphins! That’s why dark chocolate can elevate your mood and make you happier! Do you feel sad, depressed, lonely? Take advantage of a few bars of dark chocolate and soon, you will become an optimist! It’s definitely worth trying!
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You are nervous
Have you got many exams in a week? Or a job interview? Are you getting married soon? If you feel nervous because of some stressful situations in your life then don’t forget to buy dark chocolate! This kind of snack is proved to be a natural stress reliever. How does it happen? Dark chocolate seems to decrease the level of stress hormones and this way, you don’t feel so tense and stressed-out. It won’t take away all the tension and make you thoroughly relaxed but at least the stressful situation won’t be so painful for you.
Can you lose weight eating chocolate?
It seems that the list of benefits that dark chocolate has is even longer! Well, it turns out that dark chocolate can even decrease your appetite, especially if you are often tempted to eat fatty, sweet or salty food. Also, it contains dietary fiber (about 10 g in 100 g chocolate) so it can help your metabolism! This kind of snack has caffeine too! Thanks to this, you have more energy in case of intense workout and your metabolism is better stimulated. Now you know that even if you are on a diet, you don’t have to cut down on all the snacks!
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Now you probably wonder "What kind of chocolate will be perfect for my health?". After all, there are so many types of snacks in the supermarket! Such a wide range of products makes you feel more and more confused. You need to know that the healthiest chocolate, that contains the biggest amount of nutritious substances has at least 70% cocoa. Well, not everyone is eager to eat such non-sweet snack but after some time you can get used to this taste and like it!
Want to compare with other kinds of chocolate? A bar of 70% dark chocolate contains about 30% sugar but a bar of 60% chocolate has more sugar - about 40%! Do you like white chocolate? The bad news is that actually... it’s not a real chocolate and it doesn't contain cocoa. However, if you need enormous sugar rush then you can buy a bar of white chocolate, but definitely not to improve your health... The more cocoa the snack contains, the more antioxidants and flavonoids it has and is beneficial for your body.
Just keep it in mind!