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3 Reasons Why You Should Add Chocolate To Your Diet (In Moderation)

Have you heard the common saying “chocolate is good for your health”?

Since Easter is just around the corner (and the Easter bunny loves to bring chocolate), we wanted to let you know some health benefits of eating chocolate and what to look for when you are looking through your Easter basket.

Here are 3 reasons you should be adding a little chocolate to your diet:

  1. 1. It lowers your risk for major disease: Chocolate contains antioxidants, which helps blood vessels relax and decreases blood pressure. As long as you keep your chocolate consumption to under 6 servings per week, it can lead to a plethora of benefits!
  2. 2. It can reduce inflammation in the body: Inflammation can give our patients lots of issues and is one of the most common we see is sore muscles and tendons. Chocolate can provide an anti-inflammatory effect throughout your body. Cocoa can increase the number of good gut bacteria, which causes an anti-inflammatory response.
  3. ***If you are experiencing inflammation and pain that is not going away, click here to fill out a short form to apply for a free consultation with a physical therapist to talk other solutions for your inflammation and pain.
  4. 3. It can give you a pick me up: One ounce of dark chocolate with 70% cocoa has about 25 milligrams of caffeine. While it is not a lot of caffeine, it could still give you a mid-day pick me up while trying to finish out the workday. Be careful if you decide to indulge in chocolate as a midnight snack, as you might get the jolt of energy before bedtime!

It is important to remember that the health benefits from chocolate come from consuming it in moderation (6 servings or less a week). To get the best benefits, try to eat dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the more nutritious it is. If you want something that is more filling, you can go with chocolate that has nuts in it.

We hope this helps you enjoy your Easter sweets without the guilt!

Neil Sauer

Neil Sauer

Physical Therapist, Certified Health Coach and company owner Neil Sauer graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science. During that time he played four years of collegiate soccer. Neil earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2006. He has taken continuing education courses for Stanley Paris manual therapy techniques and a Gary Gray Functional Training course. He has also taken selective functional movement assessment courses with the North American Sports Medical Institute (NASMI). Neil’s treatment philosophy goes beyond reducing pain and restoring motion/mobility. He has a passion for health and wellness and for improving the quality of life of his clients, and works holistically with them to ensure their injuries do not reoccur and that his clients enjoy optimal functionality. He strives to help his patients live more active, mobile and healthy lives knowing that they don’t have to rely on pain medications, injections or surgery. In his personal life, he is married and has two sons. During spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, spending time outdoors and leading an active and healthy life. Neil also likes to read as much as possible when he finds/makes time. He primarily reads books on leadership, business and special forces. An avid exercise enthusiast, he continually works to improve his own health and wellness.
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