Updated: May 24, 2019
By Dr. Megan Touron
It’s Valentine’s Day today, and many of us are spending it eating a lot of chocolate. Whether your chocolate is heart-shaped or not, you may be wondering if there are any health benefits to chocolate.
While chocolate isn’t necessarily a healthy food, it can offer your body some health benefits.
HERE ARE A FEW OF THE WAYS THAT CHOCOLATE CAN BENEFIT YOUR BODY:
Chocolate can help boost your mood. We all know intuitively that we feel better after eating some chocolate. But science backs this up as well, chocolate actually can improve your mood. One study specifically showed that during high-stress situations, people who consumed chocolate were in a much better mood than those who did not.
Chocolate is good for your heart. Every day, but especially on Valentine’s Day, it’s important to take good care of your heart. Chocolate has been proven to prevent blood clots and heart attacks. It also can help improve your blood flow, and your cholesterol levels!
Chocolate has anti-aging properties! One study showed that consuming chocolate can actually help with muscle elasticity and slow the aging process! So, not only will you feel better eating chocolate, but it can actually help you look better too.
Even though chocolate does have some health benefits, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you. Most chocolate has a lot of sugar in it, and large quantities of sugar is detrimental to your health. Make sure to enjoy your chocolate (and it’s health benefits) in moderation, and only consume small quantities.
Our team at Reach Health and Wellness Chiropractic hopes all of you have an amazing, love-filled Valentine’s Day!
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*This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Meghan Touron and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Dr. Touron does not take responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.
Reach Health and Wellness Chiropractic is located in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area specifically in Collegedale, TN, a short distance from Ooltewah, Cleveland, East Brainerd, East Ridge, Ringgold, Apison, and Harrison.
Dr. Megan Touron is a chiropractic physician and author who specializes in pediatric care and pregnant moms. Click here to read her full bio!