Healthy food par excellence! Chocolate. What was once a sinful pleasure science now agrees that cacao found in Chocolate is good for us! Chocolate, is not only good for you , but  also have beauty benefits as it is full of anti-oxidants! Anti-oxidants are essential to health and well-being, and are one of the keys to anti-ageing.

We are talking about good Cacao-rich, dark organic chocolate, eaten in small quantities –  not the junk food bars, packed with sugar found at the checkout.Cacao is derived from Theobroma Cacao beans, which literally means ” food of the Gods”, and is bursting with nutrients. Cacao found in chocolate contains more antioxidant flavonoids than super foods like blueberries, with up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea!

Cacao is “choc-full”of essential minerals, such as calcium, iron, zinc and potassium. It is one of the best-known sources of magnesium, and is also ultra-rich in sulphur – the mineral that promotes healthy skin and growth of strong hair and nails. This may not come as a surprise, but cacao makes you feel happy! It raises the level of serotonin, which increases feelings of well-being, and encourages an anti-depressant response. Cacao also stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a natural high, similar to the sensation we get after exercise.

So if you are anything like me, you may occasionally indulge in your chocolate addiction with a nice piece of dark organic chocolate, don’t feel guilty.

Chocolate is a healthy food and with all its health and beauty benefits you can afford to indulge in a little cacao!

Go ahead, leave the guilt behind and enjoy your chocolate with a clear conscience.

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