Chocolate is healthy
CHOCOLATE-lovers no longer have to feel guilty when they indulge in a cocoa snack after recent research proved it benefits both health and mind.
Research carried out at McMaster University in Canada indicated that eating one bar of chocolate per week can help decrease the risk of stroke and prevent the formation of blood clots that can lead to a heart attack.
But nutritionist and Naturopath Olwen Anderson said moderation was still important.
“It’s good in moderation, as are many other foods. Moderation is the key to making the most of the benefits of chocolate without the pimple-inducing side effects,” Ms Anderson said.
“The natural substances in chocolate really do help improve your mood, that’s why many people feel happier after eating chocolate. For the best effect, eat high quality chocolate with at least 70 per cent cocoa.”
According to research presented to the British Psychological Society chocolate could be beneficial for mentally challenging tasks, improving your work performance.
DID YOU KNOW?
The word chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocolatl which means bitter water.
Chocolate-makers use 40 per cent of the world’s almonds and 20 per cent of the world’s peanuts.
Melting chocolate in your mouth raises brain activity and heart rate more intensely than kissing.