It’s that 3pm pick-me-up, the last-minute gift, or the thing we reach for when we’re heartbroken – chocolate sweets are so popular, it even has its own International Day of Celebration (July 7, for all you chocoholics out there.)
Chocolate and sweets have been incorporated into our culture for as long as we can remember. Whether given as a reward for good behaviour, a treat for ourselves, or even for holidays like Halloween, almost everybody has a sweet tooth and loves a bit of indulging. While too much of a good thing can be bad for you, treating yourself – or that special someone – from time to time can be beneficial in more ways than one.
The health benefits of chocolate
Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants, and can help to lower the risk of heart disease. The flavanols in dark chocolate can also lower blood pressure and reduce stress, as well as offer sun protection. And thanks to the theobromine it contains, chocolate offers cough relief!
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you should eat a block of chocolate a day - but it is definitely okay to have a square or two after dinner.
Why do we give the gift of chocolate and sweets?
Since ancient times, chocolate, in one form or another, has been given as a popular gift to royalty and warriors, as the cacao beans used to make chocolate were considered a gift from the gods. To carry on that tradition, it has more recently been linked to holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and Easter. Paired nicely with a bottle of wine, tea or coffee, you can also offer them as tokens of appreciation or as an admission of guilt, or anything in between.
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