10 convincing health reasons why you should eat more chocolate

10 érv a csokievés mellett:)

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Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food, a sure-fire stand-by in times of stress, a reliable source of consolation when life has let us down, and a mood-enhancer and romance-inducer in more positive circumstances. But is it at all healthy?

If you scoff lots of it, obviously not. But there are a host of medically proven ways in which chocolate — good chocolate, which is to say dark chocolate, with a cocoa percentage of around seventy per cent or more — really is good for us.

Research is continuing all the time, and experts have already found that chocolate is good for the heart, circulation and brain, and it has been suggested that it may be beneficial in such major heath challenges as autism, obesity and  diabetes.

And in fact, the very latest research suggests that eating chocolate could help keep your brain function whirring into old age.

Here are ten scientifically established health benefits of good chocolate.

1. It's good for the heart and circulation

A recent study found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels - both common causes of artery clogging.

2. It reduces risk of stroke

Researchers in Finland have found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke - by a staggering 17 per cent average in the group of men they tested.

3. It's mineral rich

Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 per cent or more) choc provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron.

4. It reduces cholesterol

Consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

5. It's good for your skin

The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage (though you'd probably better still slap on some sun cream).

6. It can help you lose weight

Chocolate can help you lose weight. Really. Neuroscientist Will Clower says a small square of good choc melted on the tongue 20 minutes before a meal triggers the hormones in the brain that say “I’m full”, cutting the amount of food you subsequently consume. Finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking.

7. It's good for mothers and babies

A Finnish study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents.

8. It may prevent diabetes

It sounds mad, but cocoa has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. So dark chocolate - in moderation - might delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.

9. Chocolate is good for the brain

Flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflamatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.

10. Chocolate makes you feel better

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.

As a chocolate lover I would also add that certain kinds of chocolate can be good for the soul: this is chocolate for which the raw materials have been grown with care by farmers who are properly rewarded for their work; then processed by people who take time and care in their work, and finished by chocolatiers who love what they do. It will not be mass-produced, and it may not be cheap. But it will be good for you, heart and soul.

Source: The Telegraph

A few chocolate facts:

1. White chocolate isn’t technically chocolate as it contains no cocoa.

2. It takes about 400 cocoa beans to make 450 grams of chocolate.

3. M&Ms were created in 1941 as a means for soldiers to enjoy chocolate without it melting.

4. The World's Largest Chocolate Bar Weighed 5,792 kg.

5. Chocolate can sicken and even kill dogs.

Vocabulary

comfort food

olyan étel, amivel megjutalmazzuk magunkat

sure-fire

csalhatatlan, holtbiztos

stand-by

tartalék, segítség

reliable

megbízható

consolation

vigasztalás

to let somebody down

cserben hagyni valakit

mood-enhancer

hangulat javító

romance-inducer

szerelmet előmozdító

to scoff

befalni, bezabálni

a host of

egy sereg

medically proven

orvosilag bizonyított

percentage

százalék

expert

szakértő

circulation

keringés

beneficial

jótékony hatású

obesity

elhízás

diabetes

cukorbetegség

whirring

pergő, jól forgó

to restore

helyreállítani

flexibility

rugalmasság

artery

artéria, verőér

to prevent

megelőzni, megakadályozni

white blood cell

fehérvérsejt

to stick

rátapadni

blood vessels

vérerek

clogging

elzáródás, eltömődés

to reduce

csökkenteni

consumption

fogyasztás

staggering

elképesztő, döbbenetes

mineral rich

ásványi anyagokban gazdag

potassium

kálium

iron

vas

cholesterol

koleszterin

cardiovascular disease

szív- és érrendszeri betegség

flavonol

flavonoid

square

kocka

to melt

olvadni

tongue

nyelv

to trigger

kiváltani

I’m full.

nem vagyok éhes, jóllaktam

subsequently

következésképpen

expectant mother

kismama, várandós nő

offspring

utód

sensitivity

érzékenység

in moderation

mértékkel

to delay

késleltetni

brain injury

agysérülés

concussion

agyrázkódás

to fall in love with somebody

beleszeretni valakibe

to encourage

elősegíteni

release

kibocsátás

raw material

nyersanyag

mass-produced

tömegesen gyártott

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