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The temptation of brightly coloured eggs have been lining our supermarket shelves for months and in just a few days the chocolate bonanza will begin. Kate Troup, naturopath and founder of W8less 40 Day Challenge, is here to tell you that indulging in that chocolate Easter Bunny may have some hidden benefits for you:

Control cravings

Denying yourself something that you want can make the cravings worse and end up in a binge. Planning ahead and having just one small Easter egg is better than convincing yourself that you won’t have any and ending up scoffing down the whole bag of them.  Consider it the “controlled burning” approach to chocolate: a little bit of something bad now to prevent an out of control rampage later.

Build better relationships

Traditions are important in our increasingly isolated society. Loneliness is a significant risk factor for long term health problems and it affects people of all ages. Occasionally relaxing your stance on eating a certain food for the sake of being sociable could actually help improve your health.

Because you can

Gratitude is the foundation of positivity. Positive people live longer and suffer fewer health conditions. So rather than getting stressed over the struggle to resist the temptation of Easter eggs, enjoy a small treat and feel grateful that you are in the position to do so.

Your heart will love you for it

Chocolate is good for your heart and not just because it’s an aphrodisiac. Chocolate helps lower blood pressure, increase the level of good cholesterol and improve the function of blood vessels. In fact, one study found that heart attack survivors who ate chocolate reduced their risk of dying from heart disease threefold compared to people who avoided it.

It helps keep you slim

Chocolate might actually protect you from diabetes and obesity. Antioxidants called flavonols seem to improve sensitivity to insulin and improve the metabolism of sugar, both of which are important in the prevention of diabetes.

Now, after all that good news all that’s left is to choose a healthy Easter egg option. The best thing to look for is a smaller portioned egg with 85 per cent cocoa as the darker the chocolate, the better.