Let's face it;everyone enjoys the sweet taste and smooth texture of chocolate. Whether you're the kind of chocolate lover that craves a rich, creamy piece of cake after a meal or the kind who reaches for a candy bar at the convenience store, we all love chocolate. Sadly, we also seem to have that love-hate relationship with chocolate. We love to enjoy that delicious bite of chocolaty goodness, but we hate to think about how our waistlines will pay for it later.
It's time to forget feeling guilty about satisfying those chocolate cravings and start enjoying great tasting foods that you enjoy. Everything in moderation right?? But, remember natural,dark,and chocolate sweetened naturally is a better choice. Here are three reasons to indulge when it comes to losing weight and maintaining a healthy diet:
1. Prevent Heart Disease!
Chocolate contains a variety of minerals that are needed to promote cardiovascular health, such as calcium, magnesium, copper and potassium. Cocoa beans (the main ingredient in chocolate) also contain flavonoids that have antioxidant effects, which can reduce cell damage that is implicated in heart disease.
2. Fight Cancer!
Recent studies suggest that chocolate may also prevent cancer. The flavonoids in chocolate work to prevent the type of cell damage that can lead to the development of tumors in the body.
3. Reduce your Risk of Stroke!
Last year, the American Academy of Neurology announced that a recent study containing more than 44,000 people showed that those who consumed a weekly serving of chocolate were 22 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than people who did not eat chocolate.
As with any healthy diet, everything is best in moderation and the same goes for chocolate. It's important to be sure that your diet is nutritionally balanced. And,be sure to understand that not all calories are created equal. You do not want to over indulge in chocolate and then justify it with a longer cardio workout.Your body has a daily requirement of nutritionally dense food fuel,hydration,oxygen,movement and more. You do not want to compromise empty excess calories in one splurge category at the expense of your nutritional balance intake. So,Splurge consciously,don't miss your workout and enjoy your chocolate moment in moderation!