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Reasons Why You Should Have Eaten Dark Chocolate on Easter

Yesterday was Easter, and I’m sure this morning you and your kids probably woke up with a Chocolate hangover.  You know once you start on the chocolate bunnies you just can’t stop until they are gone.  However, you probably should have gone with the dark chocolate bunnies and here’s why.

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#1.)  It Can Help Prevent Heart Disease. Just like tea, dark chocolate has flavonoids:  Types of antioxidants that protect your cells from free radicals.

Free radicals are produced when your body breaks down food, or when it’s exposed to sunlight or smoke.  And free radicals can cause cell damage that leads to heart disease.

But the flavonoids in dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol by up to 10%.

#2.)  It Can Protect Your Skin. German researchers found that the flavonoids also help your skin absorb UV light, increase blood flow to the skin, and improve your complexion.

#3.)  It Can Make You Happy. Dark chocolate makes your brain produce more endorphins, which can lower your stress level.  And it also contains serotonin, which acts like an anti-depressant.

But ALL types of chocolate have a lot of calories, so you’re only supposed to eat about three ounces of dark chocolate a day.  More than that and you’ll start gaining weight, which could INCREASE your stress level.

(Reader’s Digest)

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