Halloween is over, but the Chocolates are still around!
Chocolate LOVER, rejoice! Chocolate is proven to boost your beauty.
Eating for beauty doesn’t mean your sentences to a lifetime of salads. Indulge in the ultimate treat chocolate and reap some pretty major beauty and health rewards while you’re at it.
Chocolate and beauty
The good news is some chocolate can have significant beauty benefits. The not terribly bad news is, the only chocolate that can deliver these benefits is dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content which doesn’t apply to most treats found in the candy aisle at the grocery store, so choose wisely.Cocoa contains naturally occurring plant substances called flavonoids which keeps platelets less sticky, decreasing your risk for heart attack or stroke from a clot.
Dark chocolate also relaxes blood vessels, which in turn reduces blood pressure. Several studies suggest that it may also be a feel good treat that increases production of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters.
Dark chocolate also helps combat beauty’s public enemy number one: Stress. Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin, and fewer wrinkles. But is you need to see the Best Dermatologist in Beverly Hills to help fill in those wrinkle lines, visit the Kopelson Clinic.
Though the right dark chocolate clearly has concrete beauty benefits, you have to keep portion control in mind. If you eat a 12-ounce bar, you’re getting a lot more than just flavonoids, you’re also getting fat, sugar and lots of calories.
How to shop for chocolate
Make sure you read the labels. Most dark chocolate bars with 70 percent or more cocoa clearly label it on the front of the package, but if you’re unclear, flip it over. If the first ingredient is milk or sugar, the bar is not going to have 70 percent or more cocoa content.
If chocolate is your weakness, indulging in an ounce of the good stuff (dark with 70 percent or more cocoa content) each day is not only a delicious treat, but also provides benefits for your heart, skin and whole body.
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