We all know that chocolate is a natural mood enhancer, and now also thought to help reduce risk of heart disease and high blood pressure (maybe something to do with being in a good mood?).
Don Juan and Casanova used a chocolate drink to improve their sexual performance. The Aztecs considered chocolate â€œThe Food of the Gods.â€
Dark chocolate contains a high amount of Flavonoids – antioxidants that fight heart disease, reduce plaque build up in arteries, reduce blood pressure, and increase good cholesterol.
Dark chocolate also contains trace amount of A, B1, C, D, and E, iron and magnesium.
Chocolate also contains L-Arginine which helps reduce blood clotting that causes clogged arteries, helps your body repair tissue, and supports your immune system. Choose higher quality for lower fat and sugar content. 1 ounce of dark chocolate has 10 times more antioxidants than a strawberry.
But strawberries dipped in dark chocolate would cover all the bases, wouldnâ€™t it? 😉
And a cup of hot cocoa made with real cocoa might be more effective at soothing coughs than many commercial cough syrups. And tastes a lot better!
For an interesting twist, try the chocolate with chili peppers. Sounds weird, but it’s actually pretty good.
Would you say this is everyone’s favorite superfood?