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Indulge Guilt Free This Easter

 
 
 
 
 

Chocolate-eggChocolate is one of life’s greatest pleasures. And there is no better time to indulge than Easter.

There seems little to no chance of chocolate becoming the sixth major food group, but here are three good reasons why enjoying a chocolate Easter Bunny could be good for your health.

 

A is for Antioxidants

Did you know eating the right kind of chocolate can:

  • ?    Lower blood pressure
  • ?    Improve cardiovascular health
  • ?    Reduced risk of stroke
  • ?    Improve kidney function
  • ?    Lower BMI

FlavonoidsIn a classic case of fact sounding stranger than fiction, researchers believe that the high concentration of flavonoids (which are rich in antioxidants – and we know they’re good for us!) found in chocolate can be associated with all of these health benefits.

However, not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate is considered to have the most potentially beneficial flavonoids due to the higher cocoa content.

As a general rule of yum – The more bitter the chocolate, the more flavonoids it contains and the better it is for you.

 

B is for Beauty Benefits

Research conducted by the Journal of Nutrition has found that people who eat chocolate have a smoother skin texture, experience 25% less redness when exposed to the sun and their skin remains hydrated for a longer. And the good news doesn’t stop there. Scientists have found no link between acne and chocolate. Yes, you read that right. There’s no evidence to support the claim that breakouts can be caused by eating chocolate.

If nothing else we should all indulge a little…for the sake of our skin.

 

C is for Concentration

Easter-eggsChocolate boosts memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem-solving skills by increasing blood flow to the brain. Dark chocolate contains natural stimulants that produce endorphins, improving focus and concentration. While milk chocolate, although not as rich with antioxidants, can improve impulse control, reaction time and visual memory.

This is all egg-cellent news to take into the long weekend.

Experts think around 60g of chocolate a day is all you need to take advantage of these health benefits. So put in a good word with the Easter Bunny and enjoy your Easter treats knowing you’re doing yourself a favour. As Oscar Wilde once said, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

Now, hop to it! And have a safe and happy Easter.

Knowledge is power! Check out comparethemarket.com.au’s comprehensive health guides to find out more information about a variety of topics.

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