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For most people there is little doubt about the deliciousness of chocolate. It has an amazing aroma, a smooth texture and melts perfectly in the mouth. David and I just love it, but did you know it is also good for us?
Let’s qualify that …… as long as you choose the right type, organic dark chocolate, and don’t go too mad!
3 benefits of eating chocolate
It’s all in the chemicals - chocolate contains the compound phenylethylamine (PEA), a brain chemical that’s released when we’re experiencing emotional euphoria. It also contains a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which is produced naturally by the brain and gives you an emotional rush, or high when you eat it.
This explains our body’s natural instinct is to reach for something sweet when we’re feeling down. Chocolate can help you to feel less anxious, more relaxed and can improve your mood. Alternatively you can achieve the same effect by relaxing in our Swedish hot tub under the stars!
A healthy heart
Yes, chocolate is good for your heart. Really! It’s full of antioxidants that protect against damage to the lining of the arteries, and helps to prevent blood clots. Cocoa contains a stimulant called theobromine, which can lower blood pressure by increasing the heartbeat and dilating blood vessels. It may also boost ‘good’ rather than ‘bad’ cholesterol.
For your waistline
Did you know eating moderate amounts of chocolate can help with weight loss? Studies have found that those who eat chocolate regularly have a lower BMI, which is thought to be down to the flavanoids.
When we eat chocolate we feel good, and our body feels satiated. This helps to curb cravings and means you’re less likely to reach for unhealthy foods, snack between meals and your portion sizes are more controlled.
We know chocolate makes us feel happy so it follows that chocolate can actually help with weight loss. When we’re happy, satisfied and full of energy we’re less likely to binge and more likely to exercise, and enjoy doing so too.
So there you have it, scientists have proved that eating chocolate - in reasonable amounts - makes you feel emotionally better and so improves the smooth running of your body's endorphins. It even protects against heart disease. So why not indulge in a little sweet treat...
Love local - I have found the perfect place to go - a wonderful chocolatier, Taylor-Wilde, just down the road in Cromford who creates delicious, beautifully decorated chocolates, with unusual fillings, using local Peak District cream. Not only that but they also run chocolate workshops so you can get your sleeves rolled up and get creative. These photos should set your mouth watering, but if you're staying at Hoe Grange why not pop down to the Taylor-Wilde shop for a taste of chocolate heaven!
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What can I say?
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