Most people already know this but chocolate can help to make you feel happier – this could be why we turn to it for a treat when we are feeling low.
A little research has discovered that chocolate contains tryptophan, which is a substance that is used by the brain to create serotonin. Higher levels of serotonin will help people to feel happier. There is also the added bonus of phenylethylamine, which is another of the brain’s neurotransmitters, which can lift the feelings of attraction and excitement in the brain.
Watch the weight
For many of the health benefits of chocolate, a person doesn’t need to eat vast quantities. Just small amounts will help. It is worth keeping in mind that chocolate does contain saturated fats and these can have a negative impact on your weight and health. To keep your choices beneficial, opt for a darker variety of chocolate and make sure it has at least 70% cocoa solids, with lower levels of cocoa butter. Just one or two squares of this type of chocolate a day may help you to feel better so there is no need to overindulge and jeopardise your healthy weight.