If eating chocolate makes you feel guilty, think again! Dark chocolate, as opposed to milk chocolate that tends to include more fats (from the milk) and sugars, is packed with flavanols that support the immune system.
But not only that, studies have revealed that people that regularly consume dark chocolate have a 70% less risk of reporting symptoms of depression. The flavanols in dark chocolate are thought to protect brain health and improve our mood, along with a compound called theobromine that supports good brain function.
What’s more, dark chocolate also contains phenylethylamine that increases the release of dopamine, that excites the reward and pleasure centre of the brain.
Aim for a good quality dark chocolate with at least 45% cocoa (the darker the better) and snack on a few squares a day after your evening meal.