Amazing health benefits of chocolate have discarded the erstwhile held myths that chocolate adds up bodyweight, increases cholesterol levels and so on. Its numerous health benefits have bestowed upon it the title of ‘superfood’.
As chocolate continues to bring smiles to many a faces – kids and adults alike, here are 20 weird but amazing uses that chocolate has ever been put through.
Studies prove that chocolate helps in alleviating symptoms of a good number of diseases such as diarrhea, stomachaches, coughs, anemia, etc. It maintains good cholesterol (LDL) levels and helps in keeping cancer at bay. The flavonoids in chocolate have amazing antioxidant properties and hence decrease blood sugar levels and keep heart disease at bay.
Dark chocolate contains a special flavonoid called epicatechin that prevents brain from strokes. Chocolate contains magnesium as well as copper in abundance that regulate blood pressure fluctuation. It also improves metabolism in people.
Chocolate especially unsweetened ones promotes rapid growth of hair. Chocolate contains iron, zinc and copper in abundance and these minerals boost hair growth immensely. Dark chocolate would increase blood circulation to the scalp and bless you with stronger, healthier hair.
To prepare chocolate, honey and yogurt hair mask, mix these constituents properly. Leave the mixture for at least an hour by covering it in plastic wrap. Apply the mask to your hair and rinse off with cold water. You will be amazed to see the shine in your hair.
Yes! Chocolate is an amazing natural lip balm. To make your own chocolate lip balm, melt some cocoa butter, add some fine chocolate chips to it and keep stirring till it melts completely. Add vitamin E oil to the mixture to prevent it from getting lumpy. So, next time some chocolate sticks on to your lips, don’t bother.
Chocolate releases endorphins as well as serotonin hormones that uplift mood and helps in relaxing. Dark chocolate reduces the stress hormone cortisol as well as catecholamines. So, the next time you feel life has been hard on you, grab a chocolate bar and everything will be alright.
Friend to your teeth
Chocolate is actually an apt alternative for fluoride and helps in fighting cavities. In fact, some studies suggest that chocolate is even more effective than fluoride toothpaste. Chocolate contains caffeine that hardens the teeth and keeps tooth decay at bay.
Enhances taste of cheese
Anything sweet has the reputation of improving the taste of cheese. Generally people prefer something less sweeter like cranberries but British Tesco discarded this myth by making the chocolate cheese whirl with 11% Belgian and 59% Stilton chocolate in it.
Fuel for your car
You can now produce next generation car fuel with your left over chocolate. Studies prove that Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria feed on chocolate and produce hydrogen that can be used as a fuel alternative. This fuel would also be cleaner than conventional fuel.
Chocolate cleanses face, moistens the skin and keeps it glowing. Dark chocolate contains various nutrients such as vitamins A, C, D, E and B1 along with calcium and iron that deeply moisturize the skin. The flavonols in it protect the skin from harmful UV rays and rejuvenates the skin.
When applied to the skin directly, chocolate relieves all signs of UV damage such as redness, sunburn, etc. Chocolate also repairs and hydrates the UV affected parts. Also, by reducing stress hormones chocolate delays collagen breakdown and hence delays appearance of wrinkles. You can use plain chocolate mask for your face or mix it with orange, yogurt and other similar items for added benefits.
To make chocolate orange mask, melt few chocolate bars and pour few drops of orange essential oil. To prepare chocolate yogurt mask, mix cocoa powder with equal amounts of yogurt and add honey to it if you wish. To prepare chocolate cream face mask, mix one tablespoonful of cocoa powder with cream and make a homogenous paste.
At least those people who think the smell of chocolate is the best, they can make their chocolate perfume right at home. To make the chocolate perfume, take 1/4th cup grain alcohol and add chocolate fragrance oil (5 drops) to it.
Make sure that you stir the alcohol while adding each drop of chocolate fragrance oil. Keep it in a cool place for 4 days. After 4 days, add distilled water (2 tablespoonful) and to increase its longevity add glycerin (1 tablespoon) to the mixture.
It does sound kinky but chocolate as body paint is actually used in spas. Massaging your body with chocolate relaxes the body cells and fights cellulite. It is an amazing skin detoxifier. It also alleviates symptoms of UV damage on the skin. It rehydrates the skin that has been exposed to sun’s rays for long. Of course there are people who paint their bodies with chocolate just for the fun factor.
Use a homemade chocolate soap for that glowing skin. Take some baking chocolate, chop it into fine chunks. Take some olive oil and equal amounts of coconut oil, and warm them up in a stove or microwave. Once the oils melt add baking chocolate to it stirring it slowly until it melts completely.
Chocolate is nowadays used to wrap bacon and its pretty popular among food lovers.
Containing flavonols, chocolate has attained the status of a brain food.It improves blood circulation to the brain, enhances mental alertness, fights mental fatigue and helps in improving the way you think. By improving blood circulation to brain, chocolate helps in improving eyesight as well.
Couples can include chocolate in their love games such as Candy bar Guess – Blindfold your lover and make him/her eat three different kinds of chocolate (any three of their favorites will be great) and let them guess. Another such couple game would be Chocolate Candy Toss where you will have to toss a candy into your partner’s mouth.
The Mayans and Aztecs used chocolate as currency. However, the ancient Mayans would eat the chocolate if they wore out. The Mayans also made a ritual beverage with chocolate by mixing cocoa powder with vanilla and spices such as black pepper. The Aztecs even levied taxes on precious cacao.