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Contrary to popular belief, chocolates are not necessarily harmful to your family's health.

Did you know that chocolates are not your dentist's worst nightmare?

Increases immunity?

Ever wondered as to what it is about chocolates that makes you feel so good? Chocolate stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to a 'runner's high', the high a jogger feels after a long stretch of running. These pleasurable experiences stimulate the body to produce a powerful antibody called secretory immuno globulin A, which strengthens the immune system. Therefore, next time you pop up a chocolate, do not feel guilty. It increases your immunity. An average chocolate bar contains as many as 250 grams of chocolate, and one piece of chocolate contains one- tenth of that. Therefore, it is good to indulge in a piece or two.

Cuts cholestrol?

Eating chocolate results in higher antioxidants, which cuts cholesterol. Yes, it is a myth that eating chocolates results in increased cholesterol. Chocolate is a product of plants, and it contains no cholesterol at all, though it does contain calories.

Helps reduce fatigue.

If you're tired, simply reach for a chocolate. It is a powerful fighter of fatigue and not only boosts your spirit, but also raises your energy levels as well. It is also an anti-depressant. Chocolate contains a neurotransmitter, serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant, while its other properties also have a stimulating effect. Chocolate is not high in caffeine. In fact, the amount of caffeine in a typical 1.4-ounce chocolate bar or an 8-ounce glass of chocolate milk is equivalent to that found in a cup of decaffeinated coffee.

Benefits to heart?

A 1.5 ounce chocolate bar contains about the same amount of total phenolic compounds as a 5-ounce serving of red wine, which has been associated with a reduced risk for coronary heart disease. And can you think of a better combination than red wine and chocolate? Chocolate reduces the formation of internal blood clots, further reducing the chances of a coronary blockage. Certain heart patients are prescribed aspirin, in order to prevent the formation of blood clots. Cocoa complements this property of aspirin.

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