- 1. Reduces Cancer Risk
The flavanols in chocolate have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties, keeping free radicals at bay. They help to invade cells and reduce cancer risk.
2. Lowers Body Mass Index (BMI)
There has been a lot of discussion on how chocolate can lower BMI, .i.e. your measurements in terms of height and weight. According to a U.S. study comprising 1,000 Californians, it was found that participants who took a higher chocolate intake could reduce their BMI. Do note that there was no influence of exercise regimes or any diet on these results.
3. Improves Vision
Researchers from the University of Readers gained interest in identifying whether the flavanols in chocolate could improve vision. For that, they ran a small experiment and finally concluded that chocolate does improve vision.
4. Helps with Diabetes
There is a misconception that chocolate tea is not a good drink for diabetics. As per a study conducted at the University of L’Aquila, the correct dose of chocolate flavonoids can enhance the insulin function in the human body and improve metabolism. Therefore, diabetics don’t necessarily have to avoid chocolate tea, although it’s better to see a few more studies.
5. Lowers Blood Pressure
A while back, it was noted that people in Central America had lower blood pressure than people living in other continents. Studies showed that this change was attributed to their intake of chocolate. Chocolate contains flavanols that can improve nitric oxide levels in the blood, enhance the function of your blood vessels and minimize blood pressure.
6. Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Plenty of studies show that the flavonoids in chocolate tea help your arteries and veins to stay supple. There were seven studies comprising more than 100,000 people who were asked to take chocolate for a specified period. The study concluded that these people reduced their risk of heart attack by 37%, whereas the chances of stroke were also reduced to 29%.