If a healthy diet is what you’re after, it’s okay to put down that kale and trade it in for a handful of dark chocolate chips. You read that right. Chocolate is making headway in the health world as a sweet way to keep your heart healthy, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke, diabetes and heart attacks. According to the Mayo Clinic, a moderate amount of chocolate (3 oz.) with a cocoa content of at least 65 percent is a safe—and tasty—way to reap some pretty important health benefits. This is music to our ears (and hearts) as Mother Rucker’s Sweets incorporates chocolate into many of our signature treats, such as Chippies, Brownies and our Cocoa Cookie Brittle.
Still skeptical about the too-good-to-be-true health benefits of chocolate? See below for five more ways chocolate can sweeten your life:
Chocolate is filling.
Chocolate is rich in fiber which will keep you feeling fuller, longer. Eating a handful of dark chocolate chips or a piece of our Cocoa Cookie Brittle with a glass of milk will tackle your hunger better than that slice of pizza you’ve been eyeing. And it’ll taste better, too!
Chocolate protects your skin.
Chocolate has long been blamed as the culprit of breakouts, but it can actually protect the skin from damaging UV rays. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants called flavonoids which help to shield your skin from the sun. Keep in mind that it’s still wise to lather on that SPF when you’re going for a swim.
Chocolate is a mood booster.
As if this is a secret! We’re always happy when chocolate is on our plates, but this study conducted by the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland proves that the link between chocolate consumption and our levels of stress has roots in science.
Chocolate improves vision.
While chocolate is known to improve blood flow throughout the body, a study conducted at the University of Reading shows that it may also improve blood flow to the retinas, thus improving vision in low-contrast situations.
Chocolate makes you smarter.
At Mother Rucker’s, we’ve always felt that eating chocolate is a smart decision, but now we’ve found out that this classic confection can actually boost our brain power! Flavanols found in cocoa cause chocolate eaters to feel more awake, alert and in some cases, they even perform better in testing situations.
So the next time you’re looking for a way to satisfy that sweet tooth and improve your well-being, choose chocolate and you won’t be sorry!