With ‘Easter’ happening all around us, now is a great time to pay tribute to chocolate. If you have ever wondered why you enjoy chocolate so much, there’s actually a sound, scientific reason – and it can even improve your health. However, like all good things, moderation is the key if you want to enjoy its health benefits (without impacting on your weight).
The reason why you love chocolate is because it actually contains chemicals that make you fall in love with it! Chocolate helps to boost the release serotonin, dopamine and endorphins – these are all mood-boosting chemicals that are produced in your brain. These are more commonly called your ‘happy’ hormones.
Recent research indicates that chocolate may be good for your heart. Scientists have discovered that chocolate contains stearic acid, a type of fat that may lower LDLs, or the ‘bad’ cholesterol. Chocolate also contains antioxidants – the same ones in tea, red wine and many fruits and vegetables – that help may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. When it comes to chocolate and health, it appears to be the darker the better. Dark chocolate contains more cocoa and therefore more potent plant antioxidants.
While we can all appreciate how great chocolate is, just remember that all types of chocolate can still pile on the calories so moderation is the key to good health and keeping your weight under control in the long term….Moderation always the way to go! …and eat a good quality chocolate – in smaller quantities – make the treat worth it!
The Natural Way offers great dietary advice to all of their weight loss/maintenance clients all year round…not just at Easter! If you have been struggling to manage your weight, you need to talk to the weight loss experts. Call 1300SLIMMER (1300 754 663) for the clinic nearest you, or call Cora for our ‘ Stay At Home Program’; 0458 754 663
Enjoy your Easter time with family and friends – but above all -stay safe!