Chocolate comes from cocoa, which comes from a tree. That makes it a plant. Therefore, chocolate counts as salad.
WAIT! That might have been a slight exaggeration, so do not run to your local shop to stock pile masses of Dairy Milk just yet. But we have found plenty of reasons why dark chocolate can actually be beneficial to your health. You’re welcome.
Firstly, it’s an antioxidant!
Dark chocolate contains these tiny plant pigments called flavonoids which protect your cells against damage. Jeez, all of that science makes me want to reach for a bar of chocolate…basically, it can help your body protect itself against diseases. Bonus fact: red wine has the same antioxidant effects!
This super treat can also help lower blood pressure.
Studies have shown that people who regularly consume dark chocolate with over 70% cocoa have improvement in blood flow. The clever flavanols in the tasty treat send signals to the arteries to relax, which lowers resistance to the blood flow and reduces blood pressure. Good news all round if you stick to the dark stuff!
Dark chocolate can also be great for your skin.
It can improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration! Studies have shown that it also helps the skin protect itself against sun-induced damage. Don’t forget to stock up on the sun cream, but now you’ve got the go-ahead add a dark chocolate treat to your pre-holiday diet!
The good news isn’t over yet. Dark chocolate can even improve your brain function and give you energy.
It increases blood flow to the brain and acts as a natural stimulant. So you are actually making an informed decision if you do have a few sneaky squares of chocolate before heading to your Spin class!
We’ve saved the best until last… Chocolate makes you happy!
Ok, so you probably knew that one already, but there is actual science behind it. Dark chocolate contains a variety of mood-boosting chemicals that aid relaxation, regulate mood and raise endorphin levels, i.e. the perfect motivator for getting down to the Gym when you’re not in the mood!
So, next time you fancy a bit of the sweet stuff, go for dark chocolate with over 70% cocoa to feel its powerful health benefits. But do remember that it is still high in calories, so make use of Bluecoat’s Swimming pool, Gym and Classes so that you can be guilt free when snacking on the tasty treat!