If you’ve always thought of chocolate as a fat-inducing food, you may want to reacquaint yourself with this tasty treat. One study has found that people who eat chocolate regularly are more likely to be thinner than those who don’t. People in the study who admitted to eating chocolate five times per week or more had a lower BMI (Body Mass Index) than those who ate chocolate less frequently.
Chocolate contains filling fibre, which is a natural appetite suppressant. So, if you give in to that chocolate craving, you may end up eating fewer calories than if you tried to avoid chocolate.
2 ways chocolate helps with depression!
Chocolate is made from a fruit tree called the Theo-bromine cacao. The seeds, also known as cacao beans, are dried and ground into cocoa, which is then used to make chocolate. Chocolate has many health benefits and can help you to better deal with depression.
Dark, as well as raw chocolate, contains high amounts of tryptophan, which is an amino acid that breaks down into two other very important neurotransmitters. These are serotonin and melatonin, and both help to protect you against stress. Serotonin is a natural antidepressant, which goes to work immediately to lift your spirits as well as help to stabilize your mood swings, which are associated with depression. Melatonin helps you to relax and fall into a deep sleep at night. Deep sleep is essential, as this is when your body repairs itself from the stress it encounters each day. It also helps to naturally restore the serotonin levels to help you better cope during stressful situations.
2.) Increases Dopamine
Dopamine can help to reduce unexplained pain that is often associated with depression. It can also help to boost your brain power, help you sleep better and stabilize your moods. On top of that it will also help you to overcome social anxiety, allowing you to be more active and outgoing. Studies have shown that those who are very outgoing are the least likely to be depressed.