Incase you didn’t catch May’s Rosehive Superfoods Box – we’re kind of obsessed with the 3 bliss foods that start with a C and we’re talking all about them! Here are just 30 reasons (trust me, we can think of even more) you need to eat more chocolate and drink more coffee. Enjoy!
Theobroma Cacao, the Latin name for chocolate, means “Food of the Gods” for it’s depth, nutritional components, and Research is continuing all the time, and experts have already found that chocolate is good for the heart, circulation and brain, and it has been suggested that it may be beneficial in such major heath challenges as autism, obesity and diabetes.
Top 10 Health Reasons You Should Eat More Chocolate
- High Pressure Mood Improver – chocolate affects your brain by causing the release of the “happiness neurotransmitters” – serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins.
- Chocolate makes you eat less – Ingestion of dark chocolate was correlated with a 17% lower calorie intake at the following meal, compared to the milk chocolate group, noted one study.
- Maintenance of a Healthy Cardiovascular System – Notably, the polyphenols in cacao increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), which in turns leads to decreased oxidized LDL cholesterol (the bad kind).
- Chocolate makes your skin glow…and may reduce sunburn – helps you maintain healthy skin by modulating healthy blood flow
- Healthy Inflammation Levels From Powerful Antioxidants – In one study, obese mice supplemented with cocoa powder had healthier levels of inflammation and insulin. These mice also had a 30% reduction in plasma levels of the major pro-inflammatory mediator interleukin 6.
- Chocolate is a prebiotic! – Cocoa flavanols are processed by gut microbiota, and secondary metabolites can are able to enter circulation.
- Cellular Rejuvenation (Anti-Aging) – the flavanol epicatechin in chocolate is responsible for mitogenesis.
- It’s good for mothers and babies – A Finnish study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents.
- It’s good for the brain – Flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflamatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.
- It’s a superfood – Raw cacao has 40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries
Coffee may just be one of the healthier drinks out there – it is loaded with nutrieints and fares impressive results in studies. It is also packed with antioxidants. Your morning cup of joe just got a whole lot cooler..
Top 10 Health Benefits of Coffee
- Cut the Pain – Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%
- Increase your fiber intake – A cup of brewed coffee represents a contribution of up to 1.8 grams of fiber of the recommended intake of 20-38 grams
- Liver protection – both coffee and decaffeinated coffee lowered the liver enzyme levels of coffee drinkers.
- Lowered risk of diabetes – Those who consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes
- Coffee drinkers have strong DNA – A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition showed that coffee drinkers have DNA with stronger integrity since the white blood cells of coffee drinkers had far less instance of spontaneous DNA strand breakage
- Prevents cavities – Researchers out of Brazil found that strong black coffee kills the bacteria on teeth that leads to tooth decay. Adding milk or sugar to coffee negates this benefit
- Reduces inflammation – Antioxidants in coffee may dampen inflammation, reducing the risk of disorders related to it, like cardiovascular disease.
- Antioxidant rich – A typical serving of coffee contains more antioxidants than typical servings of grape juice, blueberries, raspberries, and orange. Studies show that most people get more antioxidants from coffee than both fruits and vegetables… combined.
- Helps you burn fat – caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning.
- Nutrient rich – A single cup of coffee containsRiboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
Who doesn’t love coconut? Coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut meat, coconut cream, coconut flour, coconut sugar, coconut chips, coconut flakes, the possibilities are endless with coconut! Whether you’re eating the meat, drinking the juice, or consuming it as oil, coconuts are a delicious and nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It has tons of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as plenty of electrolytes.
Top 10 Health Benefits of Coconuts
- Supports immune system health: it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite
- Provides a natural source of quick energy and enhances physical and athletic performance
- Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals
- Improves insulin secretion and symptoms associated with diabetes
- Helps protect the body from cancers due to insulin reduction, removal of free radicals that cause premature aging and degenerative disease
- Reduces risk of heart health and improves good cholesterol (HDL)
- Restores and supports thyroid function
- Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infection
- Promotes weight loss
- Helps keep hair and skin healthy and youthful looking, prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, and provides sun protection
You read that right – we just gave you 30 reasons to eat more chocolate, drink more coffee, and eat more coconut! Enjoy!