Belgian chocolate is famous all over the world, mostly because of its delicious flavour. But, Yamini Walia gives you another reason why you should think about indulging in it more
Who doesn’t love Belgian chocolate? We know we definitely love a little indulgence in them. Now you can feel less guilty about eating them, if you don’t go overboard, of course! From pralines to chocolate spreads, pick the kind you like, without getting too worried about it ruining your diet or adversely affecting your health. Read on to find out more.
Good for the heart
Belgian chocolates pride themselves on using 100% cocoa butter. This doesn’t just enhance the texture and flavour — chocolate with 65% or more of cocoa content lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow to your brain and heart!
Apart from the signature, creamy taste of Belgian chocolate that we all enjoy, there’s another reason (or several!) to love it. It contains several minerals including magnesium, iron, copper, manganese and zinc, as well as vitamins, fibre and fatty acids. So, you have no reason to steer clear of this heavenly treat, even when you’re watching your diet.
This is true when it comes to most chocolates, so it helps that Belgian chocolates are a little healthier than most! After all, the happiness that comes from eating chocolate is backed by science — chocolate produces stress-reducing endorphins in your brain and increases its serotonin levels. So, whenever you’re feeling a little stressed out, pick one of these to feel better immediately.
Several fruits are powerful sources of antioxidants. But, luckily for you, so is chocolate! The presence of polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins in Belgian chocolate helps your body resist the oxidative effects of free radicals, making you look as well as feel younger.
Protects from sun
The weather in Mumbai forces us to slather sunscreen on in order to keep ourselves protected from the harmful rays of the sun. But, you can ditch the burn by eating Belgian chocolate. The flavanol content will protect your skin against harmful UV rays — so, eat a few pieces before baring your skin!