Chocolate is often at the receiving end of a lot of bad press. Concerns of sugar content, obesity and tooth decay add to the negative image of this much-loved treat. However, the news is not all bad, far from it in fact. Here are five reasons why adding Nespresso pod hot chocolate to your balanced and sensible approach to food and drink is a good idea.
One of the reasons why you should add Nespresso pod hot chocolate to your diet is because drinking Nespresso compatible hot chocolate helps boost brain power, and the overall health of your brain. Hot chocolate contains flavonoids, and these increase the blood flow to the brain, and therefore the flow of oxygen to the brain. This in turn helps you to think better. Two cups of hot chocolate a day is all it takes to improve your memory and boost your mood. And all of this without the jitters that come from too many Nespresso coffee pods. If you are concerned about your waistline, then just keep an eye on the amount of sugar you add to your hot chocolate and maybe have one of your cups instead of one of your other sweet treats during the day to keep the balance. Antioxidants are well known for being good for us, and for being present in green tea. But, they are also present in wine, and chocolate; the best news is that there are more antioxidants in hot chocolate than there are in green tea or wine, or your basic bar of chocolate. This is because more of the antioxidants are released when the chocolate in your Nespresso compatible capsules is heated.
Chocolate is a well-known mood booster, and drinking it in the form of hot chocolate is no different. In fact, it can help fight depression, stress and anxiety. Its ability to do this comes from the endorphins that are released when you drink it. Again, you do need to keep an eye on the sugar content, as too much sugar causes crashes when it comes out of your system, leading to mood swings and higher stress levels. Earlier, we mentioned flavonoids being good for the brain. Well, their benefits don’t stop there. Flavonoids are also great for reducing your risk of heart disease by improving your blood vessels and lowering your blood pressure. Two cups a day of Nespresso hot chocolate is enough though, more than this and the benefits become outweighed by the fat and sugar issues. Despite having to stick to hot chocolate in moderation and as part of a balanced diet to feel these benefits, there is one last benefit that will make you want to replace one of your other treats with hot chocolate. This is the fact that Nespresso pods chocolate can help you lose weight. How? Because it has few calories that the snack you would have eaten instead. If you don’t load your hot chocolate with too many extras it will also have less fat and sugar, and let’s not forget, it is lower in cards than cakes and biscuits.
So, there you have it. If you add Nespresso pod hot chocolate to your daily calorie intake, as a part of a balanced diet, and as a substitute to other high calorie, high sugar snacks you will be doing a good thing for your heart, brain and waistline, not to mention feeling good about it at the same time.