New research shows chocolate is more healthy than we thought, giving us another excuse to indulge!
As self-proclaimed choc-a-holics, we here at Spa Week seize just about any opportunity to indulge in the tasty treat. So when we discovered new research that shows chocolate has even more health benefits than we initially thought, we knew we had to share them with you, stat!
While many of us know that dark chocolate is a heart-healthy treat, there are some pretty unusual benefits that you probably never knew. And thanks to this new info, you don’t have to feel any guilt when you take a bite into your chocolate of choice.
One of our favorite ways to get our fix is chocolate covered strawberries because they’re always enjoyable regardless of the time of day. Apparently Godiva agrees with us, because juicy strawberries of the utmost ripeness coated with a rich layer of their famous chocolate are now available whenever your craving strikes.
Just stop by a Godiva boutique near you, and you can enjoy these luxe treats individually or as a gift box of six. And, since you can reap the surprising benefits of chocolate, (as outlined below) you now have the perfect excuse to spring for the whole box!
- Fights Tooth Decay – A study by Tulane University shows that an extract of cocoa powder might more effective than fluoride in preventing cavities.
- Moisturizes Skin – While different in color, cocoa butter is derived from chocolate, and it literally feeds your skin with moisture for a flawless glow.
- Boosts Your Mood – One study found that chocolate has the same euphoric effects as kissing, but the benefits last four times longer!
- Makes You More Awake – Dark chocolate has been shown to increase circulation in the brain, which makes you more alert and fights mental fatigue.
We saved our favorite benefit for last. Chocolate is a major beauty booster thanks to high levels of antioxidants. Head over to SpaWeek.com to book a $50 treatment featuring the delectable ingredient.
Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.