Easter is a great holiday. It’s a nice welcome to spring and good time to catch up with family and friends. Another benefit of this holiday is all the Easter eggs that the Easter Bunny might be leaving around your home on Sunday. Something to keep in mind is that those eggs, the real ones from the chicken and even the chocolate ones can be good for your health too!
You want to avoid a sugar load on Easter Sunday, but scientific study after scientific study has concluded that dark chocolate in moderation can have numerous health benefits. Dark choclate has also been shown in studies to lower blood pressure in people with elevated blood pressure and reduce LDL cholesterol by as much as 10 percent. Chocolate contains serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. Chocolate also stimulates endorphin production, which creates feelings of happiness and pleasure, which is why you probably feel so good on Easter Sunday after finding and eating some of those hidden treats!
Several studies have found chocolate to be one of the best cancer-fighting foods along with foods like red wine, blueberries, garlic, and tea. Two ways that chocolate works as a cancer fighter is by inhibiting cell division and reducing inflammation, though research is ongoing and will probably find additional ways in which chocolate fights cancer. Many studies have shown that dark chocolate is good for the brain. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that it can protect the brain after a stroke by shielding the nerve cells from further damage. Dark chocolate has also been found to improve memory. Researchers at California’s Salk Institute found that a chemical in chocolate called epicatechin improved the memory of mice. So don’t eat that entire bunny in one sitting, but don’t feel guilty if you enjoy a couple of dark chocolate eggs over the weekend, just tell everyone that they’re health food.
What about the non-chocolate eggs, you know the ones that come form chickens, are those good for you too? The answer is yes! Eggs are one of the best foods to include in a balanced diet. Eggs are low in calories, are a rich source of protein and are packed with nutrients thought essential to good health, particularly vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium and choline.
So from everyone here at Canada Drugs, we hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday and find all the eggs the Easter Bunny left for you.