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Ever wonder why women love chocolate SO much? It’s true – we love the stuff, we CRAVE the stuff, and it seems like no matter how much we eat, we’re always ready for a few more bites. Recent health news has shown that dark chocolate is very GOOD for us – and we know when things are healthy for us, make us feel good and make us LOOK good, that we women just can’t get enough.
Here are the top benefits of eating chocolate that explain why women love chocolate so much – and what it does for our bodies & our health – from the inside out!
CHOCOLATE IS HIGH IN MAGNESIUM & COPPER.
Actually, chocolate includes potassium, copper, magnesium AND iron. Potassium and magnesium help to regulate blood pressure & keep stress levels even. Magnesium is both energizing and relaxing. And there’s no question many of us women need plenty of iron in our diets.
CHOCOLATE IS RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS WHICH MAKE OUR SKIN GLOW.
Dark chocolate has powerful antioxidants which help us have radiant skin. Whether consuming it or using it in our masks & face scrubs, dark chocolate works from the inside out AND the outside in to help us have vibrant skin.
EATING CHOCOLATE ACTUALLY REDUCES STRESS & BALANCES OUT OUR STRESS HORMONES.
Did somebody say HORMONES? Dark chocolate helps balance our hormones, from cortisol, the stress hormone, to the hormone-balancing effects of magnesium, chocolate actually balances out our female brain-chemistry.
CHOCOLATE IS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY.
The same flavinols that help insulin production are also powerful anti-inflammatories. Forget the advil, give me dark chocolate over drugs ANY DAY for my pain!
DARK CHOCOLATE HELPS PREVENT CANCER, HEART DISEASE, AND DIABETES.
The antioxidants prevent free-radicals which lead to heart disease, and the low-glycemic index is beneficial for pre- and full-blown diabetes. Also, the flavinols help in insulin production. Dark chocolate also lowers the bad cholesterol & raises the good one!
CHOCOLATE MAKES US FEEL LIKE WE’RE FALLING IN LOVE & HAVING GREAT SEX.
Wait, what?! Yes, it’s true. Between the endorphins and amino acids that work on our brains when we eat chocolate, we come out feeling like we’ve just had sex (endorphins) AND like we’re falling in love (phenylethylamine). That pretty much explains it all right there. In a nutshell, chocolate is SATISFYING.
CHOCOLATE TASTES AMAZING.
One of the things we love most about chocolate is the simple pleasure of eating it. Never under estimate the power of simple pleasures in a woman’s life – just allowing ourselves to eat what makes us happy is some of the best medicine for our minds and bodies.
MY FAVORITE FORMS OF CHOCOLATE…
Cacao powder is great for making hot chocolate & putting in smoothies –> Like THIS one
THIS is a wonderful organic cocoa powder.
I LOVE these dark chocolate bars for snacks, treats & altitude (I always carry dark chocolate with me in the mountains!) –> LINK here
Never forget the ever so yummy chocolate chips (for cookies!) –> Non-GMO Chocolate Chips HERE
Paleo friendly chocolate protein bars? –> Yes, got ’em HERE
Here is a great Paleo Chocolate cookbook –> LINK here
Why do YOU love chocolate? Leave me a comment below!
This post is linked to Thank Your Body Thursday.
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