It seems unfair. Something as good as chocolate has to have such a bad rap, and yet, it does. Well thankfully, and just in time to partake in a few of those chocolate Valentine’s Day treats, Dr. Howard Murad, FAAD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad, Inc., gives us a reason to cast doubt on those negative chocolate thoughts. Below, Dr. Murad explains a few added bonuses of chocolate. Sadly, it’s probably still not a good idea to devour an entire bag of Hershey Kisses, but, we’ll take what we can get!
- Contrary to what you grew up thinking, chocolate does NOT cause breakouts
- Chocolate contains flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and protect the body from aging caused by free radicals
- Chocolate is a slight mood elevator, as it contains phenyl ethylamine.
- The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being
- Cacao contains antibacterial properties that fight tooth decay