It’s such a cliché to say that all women love chocolate. The thing is though, clichés arise out of truth. There are very definitely more women that love chocolate than women who don’t (Seriously? There are women that don’t love chocolate? How does that even happen?) Is it magic that makes us love the sticky yummy stuff? No! There are scientific reasons – plus it tastes so damned good. Personally I don’t need a reason to eat chocolate but if you do... here they are:
1. Chocolate Can Help You Live Longer
Well, if this isn’t a reason to go out and buy a bar of chocolate, I don’t know what is. Harvard Uni studied 8000 men (I wonder why they chose men?) and discovered that those who ate chocolate lived around a year longer than those who didn’t. This is because of the antioxidants in chocolate, so grab yourself a quality bar of the dark variety; after all it’s all in the name of health!
2. Chocolate Can Lower Your Risk of Disease
Did you know that dark chocolate contains chemicals that can lower your risk your chances of getting cancer and heart disease? Scientists say that you should have a square of chocolate or a choccy biscuit so that your body gets a boost of the good chemicals. Well if science insists… However, you must remember that chocolate should be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet, and in moderation to avoid a negative health impact.
3. Chocolate Boosts Your Mood
One of the reasons you love chocolate is because it is a mood enhancer. Chocolate has a chemical in it called tryptophan which is something that your brain uses to produce serotonin. When you have higher levels of serotonin you will stimulate endorphins which will give you feelings of happiness. So next time you are feeling a little down, have a chocolate treat.
4. Chocolate Can Help You Relax
Ever had one of those days when the only thing that will calm your nerves is chocolate? I’ve been there, many times. Turns out that there is actually a medical reason for it too. Chocolate contains chemicals called opioids. Opioids are also found in opium and can reduce pain and give you a feeling of happiness and well-being. When you eat chocolate you produce opiates in your brain that soothe your nerves and relax you.
5. Chocolate Shows Your Love
Chocolate makes a fantastic gift. Wrapped up in boxes with ribbon tied around is an ideal valentine’s gift for any chocolate lover. Fancy chocolates are known to be a romantic gift, or a gift to show that you care for someone. Maybe, when we are tucking into chocolate we are reminded of these gifts we have been given by our loved ones in the past. Or, maybe this is just a great excuse to love chocolate.
6. Chocolate Makes Us Alert
Dark chocolate contains caffeine that can increase your heart rate and alertness. Chocolate also contains a chemical called phenylethylamine which has a similar effect to amphetamines. If you’re flagging a little in your working day, go for a few squares of dark chocolate and skip the super buzz of a black coffee.
7. Chocolate Addiction Isn’t Going to Get You in Trouble with the Law
Chocolate is a drug, what with the caffeine and chemicals it contains. However if you eat a couple of chocolate bars in an evening, you’re not going to get arrested. It seems like a much safer bet to get your buzz from a chocolate bar than anything illegal!
8. Boost Your Sex Life
Chocolate is believed to be an aphrodisiac. That’s right! Studies have proven that women who eat a little chocolate each day have a higher sex drive than those who don’t. The feel good chemicals that are released when you eat it could well play a part in this reason you love chocolate.
9. Chocolate Melts Just below Body Temperature
This means that chocolate literally melts in your mouth, or on your body. The sensation of chocolate melting in your mouth is truly fantastic; the creamy texture is able to find its way around all of your taste buds. Wash your chocolate down with a warm drink, such as tea or coffee because it’s the perfect combo!
Well I said at the beginning I didn’t need reasons to eat chocolate but now I know, I at least have found more excuses to savor a bar regularly ^_^ Tell me of your love for chocolate. For me it has to be a bar of Galaxy or a Daim bar. What’s your go-to?