Scientific facts about chocolate confirming its benefits
Chocolate is good for the heart. In people who regularly consume chocolate, the risk of heart disease is reduced by 37%.
Chocolate improves mood by increasing the serotonin content in the brain. Research proving that chocolate is also an aphrodisiac continues.
Chocolate reduces the risk of heart attacks in men by 17%. The positive effect of the delicacy has already been mentioned above, but this is the conclusion made by scientists after an experiment in which men ate 63 grams of chocolate a week for 10 years.
Italian scientists have proved that people who eat a lot of chocolate are less likely to suffer from dementia in old age.
An interesting fact about chocolate: it dulls the feeling of hunger. It is enough to eat 10 grams of dark chocolate to make the hunger go away.
Chocolate lovers live longer. The research proving this has been going on for more than 60 years.
Regular eating of chocolate can add a year of life.
After a small portion of chocolate, people cope better with mathematical problems — this has been proved by scientists from the UK. Many people claim that after a few pieces of chocolate they think better.
Another interesting scientific fact about chocolate. Scientists have proven that a cup of hot chocolate soothes a sore throat and suppresses the cough reflex. Now you have an excuse why you drink chocolate in such quantities — it's the perfect medicine for a sore throat.
According to statistics, there are more Nobel laureates in countries where people eat more chocolate.
People who are under stress consume 55% more chocolate than their non-depressed acquaintances.
Dark chocolate is much healthier for human health than milk, white and other varieties. In order for it to be useful, cocoa beans and cocoa butter should be first in the list of ingredients, but not sugar.
Here's an interesting fact about chocolate that all girls will like and dermatologists will not like: researchers have not found any connection between pimples and chocolate.
German scientists suggest that the flavonoids found in chocolate absorb ultraviolet radiation, which helps protect the skin and increase blood flow. Ultimately, chocolate improves the appearance of the skin and helps to preserve youth.
Studies have also found that dark chocolate helps improve vision in countries with poor weather conditions. It also helps to reduce blood pressure, the decline of which has a good effect on maintaining proper cholesterol levels, insulin sensitivity and platelet function.
The results of a study at Indiana University showed that cyclists who consumed milk chocolate after training felt less tired and showed results in endurance tests much higher than those who drank sports drinks. And scientists from the American Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences found that cocoa contains a lot of protein and carbohydrates, so it helps to recover faster after training.
According to Italian researchers, women who regularly consume chocolate have a better sex life, unlike those who do not. They had a high level of desire, arousal and satisfaction from sex.
A fact about chocolate that all hypertensive people know: dark chocolate helps perfectly in the fight against high blood pressure. But you hardly knew that if you drink it with milk, all the useful properties will come to naught.