There’s a reason chocolate is the number one most craved food by American women. Not only is it sweet and delicious, it’s packed with healthy chemicals that can give you the boost you need when you’re down on your period.
The key ingredient responsible for all the chocolatey goodness is the cocoa bean but the only problem is that on its own it is very chalky.
Add milk, sugar, and butter and we have a sweeth tooth’s heaven, a lot of extra calories, and the benefits of cocoa are also diluted. So to get the most out of chocolate, it’s best to stick to the healthier dark chocolate.
Keep reading to find out why dark chocolate is the superfood for your period.
Swiss researchers found that eating one bar of dark chocolate (1.4 ounces) every day for two weeks lowers levels of cortisol so you feel less stressed and more like your normal self.
In 1996 researchers discovered another mood booster in chocolate, a cannabinoid neurotransmitter called anandamide. Taken from the Sanskrit word, ananda, which means “bliss, delight”, anandamide produces feel good sensations.
Fun fact! Your brain also releases endorphins after exercise, sex, and when you eat something spicy.
Endorphins fight pain by reducing our perception of pain so your menstrual cramps feel more manageable. You can cancel your plans of staying in bed all day and get on with your day!
Too much caffeine can cause bloating and water retention but compared to one cup of coffee which contains anywhere from 100 – 200mg of caffeine, one bar of chocolate (1.5 ounces) only has about 20mg of caffeine. So you can eat chocolate without worrying about getting too wired or bloated.
And contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause break outs. Researchers from Australia’s University of Newcastle reviewed the study and found no evidence to suggest that chocolate triggers blemishes.
We also lose iron during our period in our period blood so it’s important to eat iron rich foods to make up for our losses, like dark chocolate!
It can even lower prostaglandins which may cause your muscles to over contract causing painful menstrual cramps.
Too little potassium and your muscles may cramp painfully when they don’t need to.
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