Here's the Secret - Chocolate is Actually Good for you!

We're all a little guilty of indulging in a chocolate binge - us included! (Sometimes you just need a bit of comfort that no other food can provide...) Instead of feeling guilty, we went and checked out the benefits of chocolate - and we think you might agree!

- Chocolate is high in a variety of antioxidants! Yep! As well as being a delicious treat, it's even got health benefits! Some studies say that chocolate has more antioxidats than some other health foods! Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols and catechins, among others. It's basically a salad!

- Chocolate can help prevent heart disease! There's even more evidence coming to surface that eating chocolate can help prevent heart disease! This is from the flavanols in chocolate being shown to lower blood pressure and help make your heart, veins and arteries work better! As well as that, it also helps with yourOnly thing to remember - Chocolate is still a sweet treat so moderation is a good idea!

- It can help protect your skin from sun damage! Well, it's already been a scorcher for us here in the Bay - so this is some promising news! Those same flavanols in chocolate are also argued to help improve your blood flow to your skin, and help protect it from sun damage! If you've got a beach day planned anytime soon, might be a great excuse to pop in a couple of blocks of chocolate for the trip - or even pre-load before you go?

Chocolate is a great comfort food! Isn't it though? Who doesn't want a cheeky block (or bar!) of chocolate to improve you mood? There's a reason it's a good idea to stock up on chocolate for your girlfriend - right? As well as being a great tasty treat to pick up a downer mood, it's also scientifically proven that chocolate can improve you mood! Studies show that chocolate has the same endorphins that your body releases when you exercise or laugh - all designed to help you feel better! Time to feel less guilty about a wee chocolate binge!

Q97 Hits has teamed up with local business Mylk & Honey Gifts Co to bring you a sweet giveaway on our Facebook page! Get in the draw to win you and a friend a delicious chocolate gift box! Entries close next week, so get in quick!

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