December 29th is National Chocolate Day!!
Despite chocolates bad reputation it helps the body, the mind, and the soul.
The secret to these benefits: flavanols. This disease fighting, energy boosting, and weight-loss assisting compound can be found most abundantly in dark chocolate. This is due to the high cocoa content of dark chocolate. Several scientists working on recent studies suggest eating chocolate with a 70% or higher cocoa content to receive the maximum benefits of the healthy chemical. The flavanols in dark chocolate have been proven to combat heart disease, stress, prevent diabetes (yes, we said prevent diabetes), help with weight-loss, and even prevent sunburn. Although moderation must be exercised, there is no reason not to reach for some delicious chocolate a few times a week or even everyday. On this wonderful day to celebrate the favorite sweet treat of many…treat yourself and feel good while doing it!
Fact credit to: Women’s Health Online: 9 Health Benefits of Chocolate