• Emma Green

Why chocolate is awesome

If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I don't categorise foods as being 'good' or 'bad'. All foods offer different macronutrients and micronutrients, it's about choosing the foods that make us feel best. Chocolate is one of my favourite foods. Despite it often being labelled as a ‘bad' food, it has several health benefits, including:⠀⠀ 1. Improved immunity: Recent research has shown that the dark chocolate consumption increases activity of infection-fighting cells thus improving immune system function. ⠀⠀ 2. Reduced inflammation: Studies have demonstrated that chocolate increases anti-inflammatory agents and dendritic cell gene expression thus reducing inflammation. ⠀ 3. Enhanced neuroplasticity: Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to reorganise itself by forming new neural connections. Chocolate has been found to enhance this ability (as measured by brain wave frequencies).

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