10 Side Effects of Eating Chocolate

1. Lowers Blood Pressure

Substances called flavanols in cocoa work like blood pressure-lowering drugs called ACE inhibitors. Flavanols stimulate the body to produce nitrous oxide in the blood

2. Prevents Liver Damage

Dark chocolate improves blood flow in the liver, and there are studies at the moment looking at whether dark chocolate can prevent liver damage.

3. Boosts 'Good Cholesterol'

Eating chocolate with high polyphenol levels–like that found in dark chocolate–could improve ‘good’ cholesterol levels, according to registered nutritionist Gaynor Bussell.

4. Keeps Your Heart Healthy

All the effects of chocolate on the circulatory system – lowering blood pressure, opening up the blood vessels and reducing inflammation – can help keep our hearts healthy

5. Makes You Feel Good

 42g dark chocolate drink a day felt more content than people who did not. Junee Sangani, a dietitian

6. Boosts Brain Power

The improvement in mood that people can get from eating chocolate comes from the release of serotonin and endorphins – the feel-good chemicals – in the brain."

7. Keeps You Slim

People who ate chocolate a few times a week were, on average, slimmer than those who only ate it occasionally – even after the other foods in their diet were taken into account.

8. Makes You A Genius (Maybe…)

2kg of chocolate per year to increase the number of Nobel laureates. So get eating – your country needs you!

10. Protects Your Skin

20g of dark chocolate per day over 12 weeks could spend double the amount of time in front of lamp before their skin reddened compared with those who had eaten normal chocolate.