1. Chocolate Prevents Cancer and Dementia (maybe)
A research professor with the Harvard School of Medicine has announced that one of the compounds found in cocoa, the basic component of chocolate, may decrease your chances of developing cancer or dementia. His findings are based on studies of a South American tribe whose diet is high in cocoa.
2. Chocolate Makes You Smarter
A study has concluded that people's mental performance on various tests improved when they ate chocolate.
3. Chocolate Makes You Happy
Scientists say that chocolate may fight depression. So as you sit in your stained sweat pants, watching Oprah and scarfing down a pail full of chocolate flavoured ice cream, remember - this is therapy.
4. Chocolate is Not Addictive
Yet another study on the benefits of chocolate. This one concluded that chocolate is not addictive. I could stop eating it if I wanted to. Really, I'm sure I could.
5. Chocolate Is Good For Your Heart
Chocolate contains high levels of flavonoids which are good for your heart and may improve cardiovascular health.
6. Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure
Yet another chocolate eating study concludes that chocolate is good for you - this time chocolate is said to lower blood pressure.
7. Chocolate Prevents Cavities
Scientists have discovered that chocolate seems to prevent tooth decay. How? It may be that chocolate has antibacterial properties or simply that it coats the teeth preventing plaque from forming. Whatever the reason the old belief that chocolate causes tooth decay is apparently wrong.
8. It May Improve Your Love Life
Folklore suggests that chocolate may be an aphrodisiac. The ancient Aztecs, from whom the Spaniards first introduced the cocoa bean into Europe, certainly thought so. The Aztec ruler would drink massive quantities of cocoa before visiting his harem. Modern science confirms that chocolate contains some chemicals that may boost libido, but so far the evidence is anecdotal. Unfortunately, while eating chocolate may give you more stamina, survey after survey confirms that most women would prefer to eat chocolate than have sex. So maybe chocolate is more of a distraction.
Bacteria like chocolate too. And if you feed them the waste and left over chocolate fuel from the chocolate making process, the result is fuel you can run you car on. In fact these guys converted a retired racing car to run on chocolate and vegetable oil while two British men drove to Timbuktu in a chocolate powered car.