July 7, 2020 | by: Amanda Misner

It’s World Chocolate Day!

This is a day in which I can celebrate, and not feel guilty! Right?

“Chocolate Day”, started by the Confectioners Association to promote what is almost every woman’s (and many a man’s) weakness. Some say chocolate from the New World (mostly Mexico) was introduced to Europe on this date in 1550.

Here are some amazing health benefits you should consider while indulging today!

  1. High nutritional value: Chocolates contain an adequate amount of soluble fibre and minerals. It contains magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, potassium, selenium, phosphorous, and zinc. It also has little amounts of caffeine content but it is not enough to make you stay up at night.
  2. Advantageous for fetal development and growth: According to a study, consumption of about 30g of chocolate every day during pregnancy proved to be advantageous for the development and growth of the fetus. The study was presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
  3. Rich source of antioxidants: Chocolates have antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, etc, that prove to be extremely beneficial for the body.
  4. Lowers risk of heart disease: According to a research published in The BMJ, the risk of development of heart disease is lowered by one third due to the consumption of chocolate. This is because the compounds present in chocolate are protective against (low-density lipoprotein) LDL’s oxidation. This prevents the lodging of cholesterol in the arteries thereby lowering the risk of developing heart disease.
  5. Improves blood pressure and blood flow: The simulation of endothelium takes place that simulates the production of nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide helps to lower the resistance to blood flow, thereby reducing blood pressure.

Source: Times Now News

Suggestions for today’s menu …
– Breakfast: Chocolate cereal; chocolate cream-filled donuts; hot chocolate.
– Morning Snack: Chocolate bar to give you a boost until lunch.
– Lunch: A big tall glass of chocolate milk; chocolate pie or pudding for dessert.
– Afternoon Snack: Chocolate covered raisins, which contain both vegetable and fruit.
– Dinner: Chocolate liqueur aperitif; chocolate-flavored coffee; chocolate cake.
– Evening Snack: Chocolate ice cream, of course!

I can deal with that!