I recently stumbled upon an article on The Telegraph’s website that said 10 health reasons you should eat more chocolate. Naturally, I couldn’t pass it up without reading it. And so, I decided our Amber Lyn Chocolate fans would probably love to read about it as well. So, here’s the skinny on their article.

So we all know chocolate is the ultimate feel good food, right? I mean, who doesn’t love curling up with some chocolate after a particularly stressful day? In times of stress, chocolate is a reliable consolation to help us get through tough times in our life. Not only that, but it’s fantastic as a way to boost our moods and also enhance certain other moods. >wink< So, we all know it’s a fantastic food, but is it healthy for us?

Well, everything in moderation. Let’s always remember that. Water is great for us too, but if we consume too much, we can flush all of the salt out of our systems and actually end up drowning ourselves. So yeah, chocolate is amazing, in moderation.

So why is it so great for us? There are a slew of medically proven ways that chocolate is actually good for us. The most important thing to remember is that is needs to be quality chocolate, with a cocoa percentage of 70% or higher. This usually ends up being dark chocolate.

Don’t fret though, recent research has shown that even milk chocolate has valuable nutrients which can help lower heart problems.

There have been plenty of studies that show health benefits to chocolate, and there are still more being done all the time. We’d like to thank these small heroes who have proven that chocolate is actually good for the heart, circulation and brain. And it’s also been suggested that it could benefit major health challenges such as autism, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even aging in general.

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1. Chocolate is good for the heart and circulation

I’m not talking about the emotional heart, although it’s definitely good for that too. ;) I’m talking about that beating, pumping, life giving thing that invisibly keeps you alive. It’s something we don’t think much about until something goes wrong with it. So let’s keep it as healthy as possible...by eating some dark chocolate. Dark chocolate actually helps to restore flexibility to arteries. Dark chocolate also prevents white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels – both common causes of artery clogging. Yep, dark chocolate can help save your life. I mean, not eating a bit of dark chocolate is just playing with fire. Don’t chance it.

2. Chocolate reduces the risk of a stroke

Let’s all take a minute to salute Finland. Researchers there found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke. In fact, in the men that they tested it was reduced a shocking 17% on average! So not only can dark chocolate help keep your heart healthy, but it can help prevent strokes. Is there anything this miracle food can’t do? Because I’m already sold. Excuse me while I dive into some  Amber Lyn dark chocolate truffles.

3. Chocolate is mineral rich

Bust out your periodic table of elements, because dark chocolate is actually packed full of beneficial minerals. I’m talking potassium, zinc, and selenium. And in fact, 100 grams of dark chocolate (with 70% or more cocoa) provides 67% of the RDA of iron. Cool, so what does any of that mean? Well potassium is vital for proper cell, tissue, and organ function. And it’s actually an electrolyte. Who knew? Zinc helps you immune system fight off bacteria and viruses that are trying to invade your body. Zinc is also a necessity in making protein in DNA. Your body only needs a small amount of selenium, however, it’s pretty important to your metabolism. And, it’s also an antioxidant. Some research has shown that selenium might help reduce the odds of prostate cancer. So basically...score one for dark chocolate! Basically what we’re saying is that eating dark chocolate is like taking a shot of wheatgrass. Okay that’s not true. But still, both are good for you. So why not take a shot of wheatgrass and then follow it up with a present to yourself of some dark chocolate.

4. Chocolate reduces cholesterol

We all know there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, right? LDL is the “bad” cholesterol and HDL is the “good” cholesterol. LDL contributes to plaque, which will build up and potentially clog the arteries, which can also lose flexibility. And if a clot forms, it can block the narrow artery and cause a heart attack or stroke.Consuming cocoa has shown to reduce the levels of LDL and raise the levels of HDL. This potentially lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. HDL helps to remove the LDL in the system. Experts believe that HDL acts as a “scavenger” and helps remove LDL from the arteries and take it down to the liver, where it is broken down and expelled from the body. I’m starting to think that there isn’t much dark chocolate can’t do for me?

5. Chocolate is good for your skin

Is this Christmas? My birthday? A cruel prank? Chocolate is good for your skin? How in the world can this be? Well it’s pretty simple actually. The flavonols in dark chocolate can actually protect your skin against sun damage. A flavonol is a naturally occurring antioxidant that are found in some plants. Looking at you cocoa plant. These flavonols promote health by helping your body deal with the presence of any free radicals. So you know, when you’re heading out to the beach, or just sitting close to a window (use any excuse you want), remember to eat some dark chocolate. We still recommend throwing some sunscreen on. I mean, let’s not get crazy here...

6. Chocolate can help you lose weight

Tell me I’m dreaming! Chocolate to lose weight? Yeah, buddy! We know it sounds counter intuitive, but listen to this. Will Clower, a neuroscientist says a small square of good chocolate melted on the tongue 20 minutes before a meal triggers the hormones in the brain that tell you you’re full. This cuts down on the amount of food that you consume. And even better, if you finish the meal with same small action, it could help you reduce future snacking. Basically, keep a small bar of dark chocolate with you and break off a square every time you’re headed to eat. This is the one time we recommend “spoiling” your meal, because you’ll actually be doing yourself a favor. So go ahead, treat yo’self and eat your dessert first.

7. Chocolate is good for mothers and babies

A study done in Finland (those Finnish peeps sure do love researching chocolate!) found that chocolate actually reduces stress in expectant mothers. Something that college students have known for decades. However, shockingly enough, the babies of the mothers who consumed chocolate while pregnant, smiled more often than those babies whose mother didn’t consume chocolate while pregnant. No one wants a grumpy baby, right? So get yourself some chocolate and enjoy your smiley baby. Or conduct your own study the next time you are feeling stressed out, and see if it helps calm you down. You know...for science.

8. Chocolate may prevent diabetes

WHAT?! They’ve got to be making this up now, right? There is nothing that seems more counter-intuitive is there? You’d think, but you’d be wrong! Cocoa has actually been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. Dark chocolate – in moderation of course – might delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. So we know our chocolate is great for those suffering from diabetes, but our chocolate might actually help the delay of diabetes, or heck even prevent someone from developing it. So do yourself a favor and stock on up on some dark chocolate. Lucky for you, we know some people who might be able to help you out with getting your hands on some dark chocolate.

9. Chocolate is good for the brain

I mean, what can’t chocolate do at this point? And if you haven’t broken into your stash yet, we applaud your self-control.  But I mean, you might as well start indulging now, because chocolate is good for the brain. The flavonols within cocoa are thought to reduce memory loss in older people. So you might as well start early. Fight off memory loss now and continue on this pattern. You’ll be in MENSA long into your retirement. Not to mention the anti-inflammatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussions. Basically, dark chocolate is a magic food and your brain will love you forever for nourishing it so.

10. Chocolate makes you feel better

Well, duh. That’s obviously why all of us reach for a bar of chocolate when we are sad or stressed. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), also known as the love drug. Your brain creates this chemical when you feel like you’re falling in love. Your brain starts releasing feel-good endorphins thanks to PEA’s encouragement. And remember what Elle Woods from Legally Blonde says? “Endorphins make you happy, and happy people don’t kill their husbands...they just don’t.” Not only will chocolate keep you out of trouble, when you eat some chocolate you feel like you’re falling in love. And is there anything better than falling in love? Go ahead, fall in love with chocolate. We won’t judge you. We would never do that. We’ve got plenty of options for you to choose from too. So whatever your little heart desires, we’ll help you cure that craving.

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Did you learn something? We hope so. And we hope that you are an even greater fan of chocolate than when you started reading this article. Toss that guilt aside anytime you reach for a chocolate bar and remember that you’re actually helping your body out. We believe in our product and the quality of it. We also believe in moderation, so remember, while chocolate might be amazing for you, as we’ve learned with anything, you’ll want to practice portion control. Too much of a good thing can always become a bad thing, and we don’t ever want that to happen to chocolate. Our dear beloved chocolate.

Bust into some luxury, quality,  gourmet chocolate from Amber Lyn Chocolate. We’ve got whatever your craving, from dark and milk chocolate truffles to chocolate bars and pretzels to bites and finally chocolate covered almonds. Anything you like, we’ve got for you. Better yet, get yourself some bites, the perfect size for indulgence without ruining your dinner or diet. And best of all, our products are sugar free or no sugar added. So not only will you forget the guilt and feel good about eating chocolate, you can ditch the guilt and feel good about it all being sugar free or no sugar added.

Check out our ingredients and nutrition information concerning each of our products and find out what is going to fit you the best. If you haven’t signed up for our Craver’s Club go ahead and do so now. You’ll receive promotions every other week to save you money on shipping and products, and you’ll receive amazing information about chocolate (like this blog told you) and other relevant topics like diabetes on the other weeks. When you sign up you’ll immediately receive 15% off your next order. And best of all, it’s free to join. So why wouldn’t you? Go ahead, treat yo’self...to some amazing decadent Amber Lyn Chocolate.

Do you know any other health benefits from chocolate? Anything that you’ve personally experienced? Or any amazing stories that you have about our chocolate and how it’s benefited your life? Let us know! Chocolate makes the world go ‘round. At least our world, and we want to share it with you. Here at Amber Lyn, we’re a community - a family - brought together by something we all love.  

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