You probably don’t need the coaxing, but we’re going to tell you anyway.
The Secret Complexities of Chocolate
Anthropologists date the history of chocolate to 4,000 years ago. It’s arguable that only something so incredible and delicious can endure such a long history.
Today, we can enjoy chocolate in a variety of different ways: baked, drizzled, melted, and gooey. And now, we have reasons to indulge a bit, every day.
1) Dark Chocolate Can Protect You From the Sun
According to a study done in 2009, consuming chocolate is proven to significantly protect your skin from UV light.
In this study, researchers found that the participants who ate dark chocolate with flavanols had increased protection against the harmful effects of UV light.
Fun Fact: Flavanols are antioxidants that protect your skin from sun damage.
Eating conventional chocolate did not have the same result as eating dark chocolate rich with flavanols. The cocoa content and flavanol content are linked; the more cocoa the chocolate has, the more it’ll protect you from UV rays.
2) Cocoa Supports Brain Functions
In a 2006 study completed on 16 healthy young people, researchers found that after consuming a single dose of flavanol-rich cocoa, the individuals experienced increased blood flow to grey matter in the brain.
The data suggest that cocoa flavanols can have the potential to be used “for treatment of vascular impairment, including dementia and strokes, and thus for maintaining cardiovascular health.”
Maybe consider nibbling on a dark chocolate treat that’s high in cocoa before a presentation or an important meeting.
3) Chocolate Makes You Happy
Chocolate contains a chemical called tryptophan that affects neurotransmitters in your brain, like endorphins and serotonin.
Tryptophan influences an increase in endorphins, which work to decrease a feeling of stress. And an increase in serotonin can create an impulse of euphoric feelings like happiness and love.
4) Chocolate Can Jolt You Like a Cup of Coffee
If you’re trying to cut coffee out of your diet, consider biting into a chocolate bar. An average serving of milk chocolate can supply you with about as much caffeine as a cup of decaf coffee, (National Confectioners Association).
Although caffeine is considered an “addictive” stimulant, there is not enough caffeine in a serving of chocolate to label it “addicting.” So eat as much as you want.
5) Chocolate is the “Food of the Gods”
Chocolate is derived from the cocoa bean or Cacao bean.
“Theobroma Cacao” is the Latin name for “Cacao tree,” which also translates to mean, “food of the gods” (Chocolate Caffeine Content).
So chocolate is not only delicious, it’s also metaphysical.
Take a Look at Some of Our Favorite Chocolate Creations
Gluten-Free Chocolate Ganache Tart
Night Before Christmas Cookie
Not Your Nonna’s Tiramisu
Chocolate Glazed Eclairs
Decadent Lava Cake
“I’ll take the chocolate, please!”
Which variations of chocolate do you most prefer: milk, dark, or white? What do you like to find in the middle of your chocolate: nugget, nuts, or caramel? Do you prefer brownies or chocolate cake? Chocolate ice cream or chocolate fro-yo? Let us get to know you. Leave a comment or a question to start the conversation.