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Chocolate Health Benefits: Milk Chocolate Provides Health Benefits as Well?

Update Date: Jan 06, 2017 12:27 AM EST

Chocolate lovers should not deprive themselves from eating chocolates this 2017. A health expert has revealed the many benefits chocolate, even the milk chocolate variety can bring. 

The question whether chocolate is really good for the heart has been answered by Keck Medicine of USC and 500+ internationally renowned doctors at a leading academic medical center, on Quora. The answer is "Yes."

As a matter of fact, Aztec and Mayan cultures have enjoyed eating cocoa beans since the 12th century. Aside from this fact, the scientists found more health benefits for chocolates, according to Forbes.  

Scientists found out that eating dark chocolates is good for the heart because it plays a good part in battling atherosclerosis. Dark chocolates can help restore the flexibility of arteries and prevent white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels, according to Faseb Journal

Another chocolate health benefit is that it also helps improve cognitive performance. Chocolate consumption reduces memory decline, which often leads to diseases such as Alzheimer's.

A study from Harvard Medical School reveals that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help prevent memory decline, thus making your brain healthy. The study explains that hot chocolate helps improve blood flow to some parts of the brain.

It also makes your skin healthy because chocolates contain flavanols that fight against skin damage. It can also reduce stress and make you feel better. 

Aside from dark chocolates, milk chocolates have health benefits too. According to the researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, consuming the milk or dark variant can reap the same benefits, Yahoo reports. The researchers added those who ate the most chocolate over an average of 11.3 years had a lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. 

The aforementioned health benefits of chocolates could give more reason to many people to indulge more chocolates. Aside from that, they have reasons to share more chocolates to others. 

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