FOOD & DRINK
04/10/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Apr 10, 2014

17 Reasons You Should Eat Chocolate Every Day

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It's no secret that we are serious chocolate lovers here at HuffPost Taste. We love chocolate so much that we think eating it every day is not only acceptable, but a great idea.

Chocolate makes us happy in so many ways, but it also does so much more. It can help calm us down, help us bond with people, and help us feel sophisticated (because yes, sometimes we need to create that illusion). It can basically solve all our problems, so we hope it can solve yours too.

In case you needed another good reason to eat chocolate, we're here to give you 17 reasons you should follow our lead and eat chocolate every single day.

  • 1 Chocolate could be good for your heart.
    A study in the <a href="http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/95/3/740.abstract" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Nutrition</em></a
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    A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that eating a small amount of chocolate could reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • 2 You can dip just about anything into it.
    Don't just stop at fruit. You can dip all kinds of food in chocolate, and you definitely should. Well, ok, <a href="http://ww
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    Don't just stop at fruit. You can dip all kinds of food in chocolate, and you definitely should. Well, ok, maybe not everything...
  • 3 Chocolate chip cookies!!!!!! You know, for psychological and emotional support.
    Chocolate chip cookies <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/chocolate-chip-cookie-recipes_n_3319263.html" target
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    Chocolate chip cookies will get you through every life event, and every part of your day. They even come as shot glasses now -- perfect for happy hour. If you're skeptical, science can prove how crazy amazing they are, and this chocolate chip cookie recipe will make you a believer.
  • 4 Chocolate could protect your skin from sunburn.
    <a href="https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/food-thought/chocolate-sunscreen-0" target="_blank">A study</a> conducted by German
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    A study conducted by German researchers found that a group of women who drank hot chocolate fortified with extra flavonoids (compounds in chocolate that have antioxidant effects) every morning for three months were less effected by UV rays than women who drank hot chocolate with fewer flavonoids.
  • 5 You would be happy if you could eat this cake every day.
    You know it's true. Don't even try to argue with us.
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    You know it's true. Don't even try to argue with us.
  • 6 Chocolate makes a great breakfast.
    What better way to start your day than with a little chocolate? Chocolate chip pancakes, chocolate croissants, chocolate doug
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    What better way to start your day than with a little chocolate? Chocolate chip pancakes, chocolate croissants, chocolate doughnuts, chocolate dutch babies...
  • 7 You don't think we're serious?
    Maybe <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/chocolate-breakfast-recipe_n_4164502.html" target="_blank">you don't
    Maybe you don't know us as well as you thought.
  • 8 Chocolate can liven up your dinner.
    Ever tried chocolate chip chili or chocolate beer barbecue sauce? <a href="http://www.saveur.com/gallery/Savory-Chocolate-Rec
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    Ever tried chocolate chip chili or chocolate beer barbecue sauce? Trust us on this one. Chocolate can greatly improve our savory dishes.
  • 9 It also makes the perfect night cap.
    What? Your nightcaps don't looks like this?
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    What? Your nightcaps don't looks like this?
  • 10 Chocolate fudge has the power to improve your day, and your life.
    When that hot fudge meets the cold ice cream, something overpowering takes over that will definitely improve your entire day.
    When that hot fudge meets the cold ice cream, something overpowering takes over that will definitely improve your entire day.
  • 11 Chocolate ice cream will never let you down.
    With all the wacky ice cream flavors out there, you may think chocolate ice cream is a little lackluster, but you'd be wrong
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    With all the wacky ice cream flavors out there, you may think chocolate ice cream is a little lackluster, but you'd be wrong about that. Cold, creamy, chocolate ice cream is a gift you should appreciate every afternoon around 4 p.m. or every night straight out of the container. Trust us.
  • 12 A chocolate milk shake might even top chocolate ice cream.
    Come on, now. How good does this look?
    Neither will chocolate milkshakes.
    Come on, now. How good does this look?
  • 13 Chocolate may help you in math class.
    And if you're not in math class, it could just help you with numbers in life. Apparently the flavonoids -- those compounds th
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    And if you're not in math class, it could just help you with numbers in life. Apparently the flavonoids -- those compounds that have antioxidant effects -- in chocolate could help people with their number skills. Go flavonoids!
  • 14 It can calm you down.
    <a href="http://www.psypost.org/2013/04/cocoa-polyphenols-can-increase-calmness-and-contentedness-17555" target="_blank">Acco
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    According to a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, people who consumed more chocolate reported feeling calmer than those who didn't. You may have already associated chocolate with stress-relief, but now you have science to back you up.
  • 15 It's a great way to bond with your kids.
    Because what kid doesn't love chocolate?
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    Because what kid doesn't love chocolate?
  • 16 Chocolate mousse is the most elegant dessert of all time.
    And it will make you feel elegant too.
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    And it will make you feel elegant too.
  • 17 Let's face it. Chocolate is irresistible, and there is no reason to resist.
    Now you can feel great about eating chocolate every single day.
    Now you can feel great about eating chocolate every single day.

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