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Left over Easter chocolate can be good for you
Friday 6 April 2018

Do you have lots of chocolate in the house after Easter? Did you know it might actually boost your workout…

Go on, have a few pieces of your left over Easter chocolate as chocolate has a few documented health benefits, from lower blood pressure to a speedier post-workout recovery. Now Easter is over check out these 5 health benefits of chocolate, so you can enjoy snacking on a little chocolate guilt-free.

Healthy heart

Cocoa beans are rich in plant nutrients called flavanoids. Dark chocolate in particular is a great source of flavanols, which has antioxidant properties that may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Consuming moderate amounts of chocolate has also been associated with a lower risk of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat condition that can increase your risk for a stroke, heart failure, and other heart complications, Harvard experts say.

Speed up recovery

Drinking chocolate milk after you exercise may help repair your muscles, research suggests. In fact, a study from the University of Texas at Austin found that athletes who drank low-fat chocolate milk post-workout instead of a high carb sports drink or a calorie-free drink, had significantly more power and rode faster.

Brain power

A 2014 study found that adults who took a high flavanol cocoa supplement for three months performed better on memory tests than participants who consumed a low flavanol cocoa supplement. Additionally, a 2012 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that places where chocolate consumption is highest boast the most Nobel Prize recipients — so if Nobel Prize winners are eating more chocolate, then maybe we should be, too.

Improve skin

Contrary to what your mom may have told you in high school, eating chocolate can actually improve your skin, with some research suggesting it can help protect you from harmful UV rays. That said, other researchers have reported that eating more chocolate may increase your risk of acne, so the jury is ultimately still out on this one.

Reduce cravings

Eating dark chocolate may help to keep the munchies at bay, according to one small study by University of Copenhagen researchers. That's particularly true if you're craving sweet, salty, or fatty foods.

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