All the winter holidays are just around the corner and the last thing you want to do is enter the battle of you vs. the dessert table. So, while we don’t want you to unleash all binge control, we do want you to be advised that if you’re going to go for the sweets, go for the chocolate. From Ontario Bakery to you, here are some surprising health benefits of chocolate you definitely want to know about!
Dark Chocolate has been proven to be full of antioxidant rich nutrients that are necessary for healthy skin, hair, vitality and stress levels. They calm the mood, boost dopamine levels and bring people together because of all the happy hormones they release. What fun!
It doesn't mean you should be grabbing your favorite candy bar every time a craving shows up. It does mean however, that when you do have that craving, that there are some beneficial choices out there.
Here are the WOW properties of chocolate:
Antioxidant Rich: Chocolate is loaded with winning antioxidants. And what are antioxidants good for? They rid the body of free radicals; those menacing little molecules creating the havoc in your body responsible for aging, disease and even cancer! The antioxidants bond themselves to the free radicals and pretty much walk the plank with them to make sure they are disposed of properly.
(While I could dedicate a whole page to just the antioxidant benefits, I'm going to move on the the exterior perks you are free to enjoy!)
Less Stress: Stress can really mess with your work, home and general quality of life. Dark chocolate boasts wonderful stress-relieving qualities and works wonders in getting you a glowing skin (more skin benefits!) by reducing elevated stress hormones. .....ah... dopamine!
Skin Protection: The cacao bean also contains various essential nutrients which help you to stay healthny and beautiful. With great sun protection properties, it has the power to shield your skin from harmful UV rays, preventing sensitive conditions like sunburns and skin cancer. Regular dark chocolate consumption also helps you achieve that sought after smooth, problem free glow, as it keeps your skin moist and well nourished.
Hair: Cacao is a great aid in promoting blood circulation in the scalp which leads to increased growth of healthy, lustrous locks, reducing hair loss. In addition to that, it's anti-inflammatory nature helps minimize the odds of getting scalp infections. Infused with the goodness of several hair-benefiting ingredients, dark chocolate improves the overall health of your tresses, making them shiny, sleek and voluminous.
So as the holidays near, if you so find yourself wanting to indulge a little bit more into your sweet tooth and have a celebration to prepare for, please let us know! At Ontario Bakery we are always ready to make your life a little sweeter.