9 Reasons Why You Need Chocolate In Your Life!

WORLD Chocolate Day is celebrated annually on July 7, and it's given its own special day because chocolate is enjoyed by approximately 1 billion people every day!  

Actually, did you know that so many Toblerone bars are sold each year that, if they were to be laid end to end, they would go on for 62,000km which longer than the circumference of the Earth!! Say whaaat?

The next time you eat a piece of chocolate, you may not have to feel so guilty about it - as there are actually a number of health benefits that may be associated with this delicious treat!

1. Reduces Heart Risks

A 2010 study found that eating chocolate seems to decrease the risk of heart disease, partly because it helps lower blood pressure. Another Australian study also discovered that eating dark chocolate can significantly reduce hypertension.

2. Appetite Control

Chocolate’s higher variant, dark chocolate is also known to suppress appetite. Consuming dark chocolate gives a feeling of being full which helps avoid overeating. Winning!

3. Treats Cough & Cold

Cocoa, due to Vitamin C, alkaloids, and flavonoids present in it, gives relief from coughs and colds. The fatty acids such as stearic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acid in it provide relief from a sore throat, continuous coughing and colds. Who needs Codral, right?

 4. Reduces Stress

Cocoa contains tryptophan, an amino acid which has relaxing effects. This has soothing and refreshing effects in cases of tension and stress. Another GREAT reason to keep eating Chocolate.

5. Anti-depressant

Cocoa contains caffeine which is an alkaloid, theobromine and phenylethylamine (an amine, particularly known to be anti-depressant) all of which are stimulant in nature. They are very effective mood elevators and antidepressants.

6. Regulates Blood Pressure

Flavonoids in cocoa contain polyphenols like catechins, epicatechins, and procyanidins, which have been seen to increase nitric oxide levels in the blood, which helps in maintaining proper blood pressure. Nitric oxide helps to prevent thickening of the blood and maintaining fluidity, thereby decreasing pressure on the arteries and veins and finally regulating blood pressure.

7. Higher Intelligence

Chocolate makes you more awake and alert, which indirectly helps to increase intelligence. Flavonoids boost the blood flow to the brain. Studies say that feeding chocolate to your child during exams increases their math solving abilities. So, Chocolate makes you smarter too!

8. Improves Vision

It’s not only carrots that improve your eyesight. Chocolate boosts vision by increasing the blood flow to the brain and retina.

9. Improves Energy Levels

Fatty acids like stearic acid and palmitic acid (both saturated) and oleic acid (unsaturated) help put on weight and give energy, without the risk of accumulating cholesterol, as far as pure cocoa is concerned. When cocoa is made into chocolate, the amount of cholesterol you get depends on the type of milk (toned, semi-toned or full cream) and milk products (butter, milk solids) used in it and the exercises you do. The sugar in chocolate also gives energy and relaxes the body.

So there you have it, 9 reason why you NEED chocolate to live a better life! Try our Chocolate Dessert Box, guilt free! Or gift one to your fav chocoholic!