8 GREAT REASONS FOR YOU TO ENJOY CHOCOLATE…

Here are eight great reasons why you can enjoy chocolate, even though it wouldn’t take much for me to enjoy it anyway

1.A study from 2014 found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels – both common causes of artery clogging.

2. Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 per cent or more) chocolate provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron.

3. Cocoa contains chemicals called polyphenols, and eating chocolate with high polyphenol levels – like that found in dark chocolate – could improve ‘good’ cholesterol levels, according to registered nutritionist Gaynor Bussell.

4. People who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner, according to a study of more than 1,000 people who were all asked: ‘How many times a week do you consume chocolate?’ The researchers, who published their results in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found people who ate chocolate a few times a week were, on average, slimmer than those who only ate it occasionally – even after the other foods in their diet were taken into account.

5. It’s good for your skin. Chocolate has skin softening properties, probably as it contains cocoa butter. Hydration of the skin is possible – chocolate is a good moisturizer.

6. A Finnish study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents.

7. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins. You can enjoy it pure or used on desserts.

8. Eating chocolate increases our endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.

Source: Natural Society, The Village Kitchen, Dessert Parlour, Bettavend

SIXTEEN REASONS TO LOOK OVER APRIL POSTS ON AFTERNOON TEA4TWO…

They say that ‘getting your readers interested in the first paragraph’ is the key to getting your reader keen and wanting more. So, I hope you enjoyed some of my posts over April which included Easter Eggs, chocolate of course. Lots on tea and tea facts, some lovely quotes and more on my favourite food ‘chocolate’.

1, Chocolate Eggs for Easter – need I say more 🙂

2. A Lovely Coffee Quote – I am really into quotes at the moment there are so many beautiful ones to choose from.

3. Guess How Many Different Teas there are in the World – this will surprise you.

4. Ten Uses for Coffee Other Than for Drinking – another one that will make you think.

5. A re-blog from another site on Some Common Baking Mistakes – some great tips on this post.

6. 6 Fascinating Facts About Tea You have never Head of – well I did say fascinating…

7. National Asparagus Day – for all asparagus lovers.

8. Another re-blog on Chocolate Ganache Cake – anything chocolate gets my thumbs up.

9. A lovely Afternoon Tea Quote – yet another quote

10. Earth Day – Its Time to Change your Eating Habits – this was on another of my sites but I felt it was important to repost it for my tea readers to read.

11. Tea and your Teeth – definitely worth a read if you are a tea drinker like me.

12. A Beautiful Tea Quote for Monday Morning 🙂

13. Ten of the Best Herbal Teas with so many teas out there here are my pick of the best herbal ones.

14. Ten Fascinating Facts About Chocolate – being a chocaholic I was bound to add more chocolate posts.

15. 7 Unusual Ways to Use Tea – tea can be used for lots of different things.

16. Household Items and Food You May Not Know Contain Plastic – this was also from my other blog. Some of the things on the list will amaze you.

I hope you have enjoyed reading through my April posts. Thanks for checking in.