Side Effects of Eating Chocolate

1. You may fend off weight gain

One particular type of antioxidant in cocoa, a flavanol known as oligomeric procyanidins (PCs), has been found to prevent laboratory mice from gaining excess weight,

 if you replace your nightly ice cream habit with a lower-calorie square of dark chocolate, you can promote weight loss.

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Eating an ounce and a half of chocolate (40 grams) every day for about two weeks can help you relax by lowering levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, 

2. You may feel less stressed

Have a section with some nuts as an afternoon snack, sneak some in oat-based energy bites, and have a little after dinner alongside some raspberries.

A recent Nutrients meta-analysis found that chocolate intake is associated with decreased risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

3. You may reduce your risk of chronic diseases

The researchers believe that the heart-healthy benefits are linked to chocolate's abundance of flavanols such as epicatechin, catechin, and procyanidins.

The cocoa polyphenols in dark chocolate have been linked to promoting the growth of anti-inflammatory bacteria in the microbiota.

4. You'll support better digestive health

In a human trial conducted on healthy volunteers, consumption of a high-cocoa flavanol beverage for four weeks proved to significantly increase the growth of two strains of probiotic bacteria.

A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that having dark chocolate in moderation can help

5. You may fend off inflammation

prevent and repair the cellular damage caused by inflammation. Researchers attribute the anti-inflammatory benefits to the cocoa flavanols, which possess anti-inflammatory properties.

LOW-CARB DESSERTS FOR CHOCOLATE-LOVERS