Thin mints, chocolate covered cherries, and chocolate chip cookies it must be Christmas. Well actually a gift of some good dark chocolate can make the 4th of July feel like Christmas but that is not the point.
As we party, feast and gather with family, dietary concerns are tossed aside but not our concerns for health. So it is today the Opining Quill offers reasons to indulge in dark chocolate. Before moving on consider at this point grabbing a bar of dark chocolate to nibble off and allowing it to slowly melt in your mouth as you read on.
Since you have been stressed out over the recent activities of life it should be noted that the first nibble is one of the two or three times each week that a small amount of dark chocolate should be consumed to lower your blood pressure, improve blood flow and help to prevent blood clots. Ah, a medicine that actually tastes good, we are off to a good start here.
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA) and serves as a neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system. Actually that really means it is the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you are falling in love. Better take another nibble for cognitive functions and happiness. I may be on to something here; I’m getting happier as I nibble and write.
My doctor says I should adopt a diet to reduce the chances of type 2 diabetes, take another nibble. I can almost feel the flavonoids doing their thing to help reduce insulin resistance, helping cells to function normally. Doc says, “Because dark chocolate has a low glycemic index your blood sugar will not spike”. Don’t you just love a doctor that thinks chocolate is medicinal?
Now here’s a bit of news you may not know. Oh, first take another nibble. Have you ever wondered why Santa, over time, looks the same? Chocolate, yup his secret is dark chocolate, naturally loaded with antioxidants that may protect you from some forms of cancer and slows the signs of aging. I can live with that.
I know some of you are thinking about the dangers of tooth decay at this point. No need to worry, dark chocolate contains theobromine which acts to harden tooth enamel. Oh it also acts as a cough suppressant, who knew?
One more nibble, this time for the vitamins and minerals. Can I get a like for a good taste of Potassium and copper working to prevent strokes and cardio ailments? The magnesium goes to work on prevention of type 2 diabetes and the high blood pressure and finally the iron keeps away the anemia.
At this point if you are still nibbling go for it, grab the bar and gobble the whole dang thing. Smile and wish yourself a Merry Christmas then put dieting on your calendar as a New Year’s resolution. As for me, this blog is ready to post and I think I’ll reward myself which a box of dark chocolate covered cherries. It just doesn’t get much better……….Merry Christmas!!!