I love Valentines day - when it is kept simple and the one you love gives you something picked from the garden, a poem written for you or a decadent delight of chocolate.
Call me an old fashioned fool but a bit of love and passion goes a long way in keeping you healthy and feeling good about yourself.
Here is my valentine gift.
A very good, very chocolaty chocolate cake that I suggest you try and bake one day, I have taken the recipe from Matthew Evans (see link). Matthew Evans; A very good, very chocolatey chocolate cake
So today I write for you the benefits of chocolate – if it has over 75% cocoa then it is all good, eat til your heart is content, there are both emotional and physical benefits.
The benefits of chocolate!
- Chocolate contains flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging and help reduce blood pressure via the production of nitric oxide.
- Studies have proven that chocolate can reduce blood pressure in those with high blood pressure and lower cholesterol (LDL’s) -the bad cholesterol. Thus, making chocolate good for your heart.
- Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which increases glucose and adrenaline levels in the blood, making you feel good.
- It stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure.
- It helps release serotonin, which acts as a thymoleptic (mood enhancer).
- Scientists have discovered that chocolate stimulates the production of serotonin in the brain, which is one of the chemical compounds that makes us feel good.
- It contains theobromine, caffeine and other substances, which are stimulants and may give you energy.
- There is also evidence that it may increase your sexual desire.
- And most importantly chocolate tastes good!