As a bride-to-be, you need to take care of your health and have a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Now that winter is here, people tend to crave chocolate more than any other season, and if you are a chocoholic but you’re worried that chocolate will ruin your diet, you’re wrong. Chocolate is one of the healthiest ingredients to add to your diet, especially if it’s dark chocolate.
Lower your risk of heart failure: In a 9 year Swedish study of more than 31,000 women, those who ate 1-2 servings of dark chocolate each week cut their risk of heart failure by as much as a third. And Germany this year found that about a square of dark chocolate a day lowered blood pressure and reduced the risk of heart attacks and strokes by 39%.
Reduce blood pressure: An Australian study showed that eating chocolate high in healthy antioxidants reduced the blood pressure-raising effects of exercise on overweight individuals.
Lose weight: Dark chocolate can actually help you lose weight! It lessens cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods.
Reduce Stress: According to Swiss scientists, when someone very anxious eats an ounce and a half of dark chocolate every day for two weeks, their stress hormone levels are significantly reduced and the metabolic effects of stress are partially mitigated.
Prevent diabetes: An Italian study showed a drop of insulin resistance by nearly half in people who ate dark chocolate everyday. Researcher Claudio Ferri, M.D., a professor at the University of L'Aquila in Italy says: "Flavonoids increase nitric oxide production and that helps control insulin sensitivity."
Chocolate has endless benefits, and we only shared a few, so all you chocoholics out there… celebrate with a piece of dark chocolate!
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