Tuesday, 6 December 2011 | 5 comments
Christmas is fast approaching. This is a time when you give and receive gifts. This is also the time when you gather around the Christmas fire and share wonderful moments with your loved ones. Chocolate then becomes your new best friend. I bet one of your gifts include chocolate; or maybe your prefer sipping hot chocolate on a cold Christmas night… how sweet!
Well, here is some good news for you: chocolate is good for your health!
Contrary to what many people say, chocolates do not aggravate acne. There were studies, one by the Pennsylvania School of Medicine and another by the U.S. Naval Academy which showed that eating chocolate has not relation to acne. Acne is not primarily linked to diet.
It was also found out that Chocolates are not related to cavities and tooth decay. In fact, cocoa butter is good for the teeth! Cocoa butter coats teeth and may help protect them by preventing plaque from forming.
And also, do you know that chocolates can lower the risk of heart disease?
Yes it can! Chocolates contain high levels of chemicals known as phenolics, some of which may help lower the risk of heart disease. Plants such as chocolate, coffee, tea and others contain high levels of phenolics. Phenolics are antioxidants which protect cells from damage and free radical injury.
Phenolics prevent fat-like substances in the bloodstream from oxidizing and clogging the arteries. Atherosclerosis, or the formation of plaque in the arteries, is caused by oxidation of LDL (low-density lipoproteins). At first, this leads to subtle damage, and then eventually to the formation of advanced plaque. The buildup of plaque can lead to clogging of the arteries, a major cause of heart attacks.
Given these data, care for a bite of chocolate?
More Christmas health stories coming up, so stay tuned!