For a lot of people chocolate is associated with cavities, empty calories, and sinful joy…but it can also help your body (in the right amounts)! An article from fitnessmagazine.com lists a few beneficial reasons to eat chocolate:
To kick a cough.
Theobromine, a chemical in chocolate, is as effective at soothing coughs as codeine, a key ingredient in many prescription meds.
To fight cavities.
Theobromine may also strengthen teeth better than fluoride, according to Tulane University researchers.
To tame tummy trouble.
Cocoa contains potent antioxidants that bind to and inhibit a protein in the intestines that causes diarrhea, say scientists at the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland in California. No wonder it has been used as a remedy since the 16th century.
To save face.
British scientists found that less than an ounce of flavanol-rich chocolate a day may help protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. (Sunscreen is still a must.)
The original article and many more interesting articles are located here: Four Reasons to Eat Chocolate