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Somebody Feed Phil – 7 Reasons To Eat Chocolate

Phil Rosenthal from Netflix' "Somebody Feed Phil"

Somebody Feed Phil – 7 Reasons To Eat Chocolate

When the world is focusing on the virus of Covid-19, we look for any positive experience to move us forward.  We’re living a monotony of this new daily existence of too many visits to the refrigerator. Plus, we have pets who want to be taken for walks 9 times a day. 

When Scott and I were wondering who we should interview next for the podcast, we took a chance to contact our dream guests.  We sent out instagram direct messages, and Phil was the first to get back to us!

Woohoo, how awesome is that! As he said, “I’m sitting at home, what else do I have to do?” I don’t take that as a pity podcast, because after talking to Phil, he said, “This Is the Best Podcast Ever!” I ain’t lying, go take a listen to Episode 15.

We also promised that we’d give you 7 reasons to eat chocolate. After the links for the podcast, you’ll see a more detailed article.

I spent a lot of time writing the article before Scott came in.  He slashed and burned with his red pen lol to come up with what you heard on the podcast, haha. But, you can get the entire detailed research that I came up with below. 

Somebody Feed Phil - 7 Reasons To Eat Chocolate

You know, there are a lot of reasons you should eat chocolate.  But, really when doctors talk about this, it’s specifically, Dark Chocolate.  You won’t need to feel guilty about having that piece of dark chocolate everyday.

Because, it’s loaded with nutrients, rich in antioxidants, can reduce inflammation, potentially lower blood pressure, and many other reasons which we’ll talk about here.  Just make sure you’re having 70-85% cocoa bars. 

Just a disclaimer we are not doctors, so the information has been backed by science, but check with your doctor as to whether chocolate can fit into your diet.

Reason #1- Chocolate wins over blueberries

A lot of food is tested for antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your cells against free radicals which are molecules that are produced when your body breaks down food. Free radicals can cause harm in your body and are linked to illnesses like cancer or diabetes. People always talk about Blueberries and acai berries scoring high in antioxidants, but did you know that Cocoa beans score even higher!

Basically, chocolate is a Great source of antioxidants.

Reason #2 -Keep your lipids in line.

If you eat dark chocolate, it can really help with risk factors for heart disease. There’ve been studies where cocoa powder was found to really decrease bad cholesterol in men. Some people have something called insulin resistance.  Their bodies don’t respond well to insulin, and can’t use glucose in their bodies for energy. Dark chocolate can reduce insulin resistance. Basically, chocolate Raises good cholesterol and Protects LDL from Oxidation

Reason #3- Chocolate is a totally epic superfood!

Our bodies need a lot of different minerals and compounds to stay healthy. did you know there are many good reasons to eat chocolate, for example there’s copper, fiber, iron, magnesium, selenium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc. The fats in chocolate are mostly good fats. Basically, Chocolate will make you a superhero!

Reason #4 - Helps your sex life!

There are compounds in dark chocolate that can stimulate the lining of the arteries to produce nitric oxide.  Ok, stay with me….Nitric Oxide sends signals to the arteries to relax, and that lowers the resistance to blood flow and then reduces blood pressure. Basically, chocolate improves blood flow and lowers your blood pressure, so it  helps with “haha” you know what.

Reason #5 - Live Longer!

The compounds in dark chocolate appear to help the body be protected against bad cholesterol. Then, less cholesterol stays in your  arteries, so you have a lower risk of heart disease. There was a study of 470- elderly men, where it showed that cocoa reduced the risk of death from heart disease by a crazy 50% over a 15 year period. Another study revealed that eating chocolate 2 or more times per week lowered the risk of having plaque in the arteries by 32%.  Another study showed that eating dark chocolate more than 5 times per week lowered the risk of heart disease by 57% Basically, chocolate could Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease.

Reason #6 - Could make you smarter!

Dark chocolate can maybe improve the workings of your brain. One study showed that cocoa for 5 days improves the blood flow to the brain. Also, Cocoa has caffeine in it, which can help you to “wake up” and it has something called theobromine, which has a huge number of health benefits in regards to your heart, energy, ability to think, your teeth health, your mood, as a cough suppressant, reducing inflamation, and contributing to a healthy respiratory system. Basically chocolate improves your Brain Function

Reason #7 - Can be used as an SPF at the beach.

There are compounds in dark chocolate that may be great for your skin.  Studies show that the falvanols from cocoa can improve blood flow to the skin and protect it from sun damage. Basically, chocolate can Protect your skin from the sun.

So, what’s the bottom line?

Chocolate can turn you into a super human, super hero!  We’ve given you 7 Reasons to Eat Chocolate.But, you have to remember some special things. 

First, you only need a square or two after dinner, you don’t need all the calories. 

And Remember to eat high quality chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa content. as some lower quality chocolate is not really too healthy.

Dark chocolates have smaller amounts of sugar. Plus, you get to eat something totally tasty, that has proven health benefits, and  that’s why you should eat chocolate!

Thank you to Phil Rosenthal.

Go watch Phil on Season Three of Netflix’ “Somebody Feel Phil.” The new season starts May 2020.

We were so honored and appreciative that you gave us the gift of your presence and your insight. I’ll leave you with Phil’s own words, “Here’s what I’ve learned: food is what connects us, and laughs are the cement.”

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