Many types of research have been conducted to discover the nutrient composition that affects the human skin. We are all after attaining radiant, glowing skin, but we have forgotten that what we eat really matters to the health of our skin. There are many things that we need to eat, and there is also a lot of food that needs to be avoided or consumed in small quantities. If you don’t watch what you eat daily, you may chase good skin your entire life.
Undoubtedly, people like chocolate because it serves as a stress reliever. Most people crave chocolate whenever they are stressed or faced with a challenging situation. However, have you ever thought of the effect of chocolate on your skin? It has been discovered that the primary cause of acne breakout on the skin is excessive consumption of chocolate. When it comes to acne production, your diet plays a significant role.
Chocolate is high in refined sugar. Continuous consumption of it will increase the production of sebum which will boost the body’s inflammatory responses. This process leads to skin blemishes. Most types of chocolate are high in fat and sugar content. This negatively affects the body and triggers acne on the skin. Increased consumption of chocolate will only affect your skin negatively. What you need for neat and clear skin is food that contains plenty of greens.
One of the causes of aging is too much sugar consumption. It is right to say that anything with added sweeteners should be avoided as much as possible. Do you want to know what happens to your skin when you consume too much sugary content?
Too much sugary food breaks down the skin cells, and it does not support elastin and collagen production. The importance of elastin in the human body includes helping the skin maintain flexibility and elasticity. Both elastin and collagen work in direct proportion to keep your skin looking young and radiant. Now, imagine what happens when these proteins are not present in your body?
Here is good news for chocolate lovers!!!
Despite all this, dark chocolate is preferable for consumption because it is loaded with nutrients and minerals that can affect one’s health positively. Dark chocolate is made from the seed of the cocoa tree, making it a great source of antioxidants. Research has also proven that the consumption of dark chocolate can lower the risk of heart diseases in humans.
In addition, it has a high amount of fibre, and it has a moderate level of sugar. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that stimulate endothelium found in the lining of the arteries, and it produces nitric acid. This helps to improve blood flow as well as lowering blood pressure. The flavonoids help to reflect harmful ultraviolet rays on the skin, and it helps fight against skin discolouration. Dark chocolate contains bioactive compounds that perform a series of work on the skin. It protects the skin from sun damage, and it gives you a smoother skin texture.
All chocolate is not the same. They are of different varieties with different levels of calories. Dark chocolate contains little or no milk, and it contains cocoa butter making it healthier for your health and skin. It has plenty of zinc, selenium, potassium and phosphorus. Apart from this, dark chocolate has about 11gm of fibre per 100gm.
It helps to prevent premature ageing, and it delays wrinkles. The essential minerals found in chocolate help to reduce dark spots, keeping the skin glowing and healthy. The content found in the chocolate also helps to keep the skin looking fresh and nourished. It promotes the growth of cells, and it keeps the skin looking younger and more radiant.
Aside from all this, dark chocolate contributes positively to the overall health of humans by reducing cholesterol levels. Cholesterol blocks arteries and veins and prevents the internal organs from functioning properly. Eating dark chocolate has also been found to maintain blood pressure due to the presence of magnesium. It manages the blood pressure and prevents it from fluctuating abnormally.
If you are experiencing a mild case of iron deficiency, the flavonoid content of dark chocolate can help you. It will help if you combine it with other iron-rich food. The chocolate will also boost the production of endorphins, which will help improve your mood. However, this chocolate is not a substitute for medicines that treat one of the ailments, but its consumption is beneficial and healthy.
Epicatechin is also present in a moderate amount in dark chocolate. This helps to protect the brain against stroke by reducing the risk. The best way to prevent stroke is a healthy balanced diet combined with good exercise.
For you to have read this far, I hope you understand that chocolate isn’t bad for your skin, it all depends on the type you are eating and also, it depends on how you eat it in a moderate amount.
When setting any goals, don’t forget to set goals on how you can achieve an excellent skin appearance. It will help if one of your top priorities is maintaining firm and flexible skin. Chocolate is good for the brain, no doubt, but it should be taken moderately. Everything should be taken in proportion; too much chocolate can lead to weight gain.
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