I have met very few people who are not interested in chocolate. Whether you’re having a chocolate cupcake or a candy bar, chocolate is a perfect way to satisfy that sweet tooth! Best of all, chocolate has some serious health benefits. This delicious treat starts with the cocoa bean, which contains a compound called polyphenols. This is an antioxidant that helps fight disease in the heart and the brain. It really is a healthy food! Add to this the fact that dark chocolate has more of these minerals and you see that the dark chocolate is even healthier. While you shouldn’t consume a ton of it (or risk going up a pants size!), a little bit can go a long way towards improved health. Check out some of the incredible health benefits of chocolate and reasons to add some to your food stockpile.
Improve Insulin Resistance
Dark chocolate can actually help your body regulate blood sugar levels. It has also been shown to help in the process of insulin resistance. Dark chocolate has also been studied and found to have an impact on the cells that produce insulin.
Your body does not react well to stress. That is why we end up with tension headaches, ulcers, and even heart attacks. Our body prefers that the environments we enter be stress free. The good news is that the polyphenols in the chocolate affect the hormone activity in the brain and help curb the impact of stress.
Memory loss is a serious medical issue and it is something that too many families have to deal with as their loved ones age. Dark chocolate has been shown to help the brain in its cognitive function. Apparently the polyphenols have the ability to boost the number of connections in the neurons as well as increase their strength. Another added bonus is that these minerals typically increase the blood flow to the brain and thus the brain performs better.
Chocolate has been found to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol as well as the triglyceride levels. So the next time your doctor tells you that you need to lower your cholesterol, try eating a little dark chocolate as a treat once or twice a week.
Lower Blood Pressure
The flavanols in dark chocolate can actually lower your blood pressure. Maybe that is why many of us naturally reach for chocolate when we feel stressed or angry. If you struggle with hypertension, consider adding some chocolate to your diet.
Fight Heart Disease
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serous heart disease. But other heart diseases can be reduced by dark chocolate. Because it lowers your blood pressure as well as your cholesterol, chocolate is a great prep item. It also has the ability to help fight inflammation in your heart.
Research is still pending on this topic but dark chocolate has been linked to reducing the odds of cancer. Many of the minerals in dark chocolate have cancer-fighting properties as well.
Overall, chocolate is a must have item for preppers. It is full of calories and sugar to give you an energy boost. There are numerous health benefits. Plus it makes for a great bartering tool! Do you have any chocolate in your prepper stockpile?