Dark Chocolate: Bad Or Beneficial?

August 24, 2014

Because dark chocolate is high in fat, some people have a hard time believing that it can be good for you. But one fat found in dark chocolate (oleic acid) is monounsaturated and this is a desirable fat which is good for your heart. Dark chocolate is also packed full of antioxidants but be sure that you’re choosing the right brand to get the greatest number of nutrients.

Dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% of cocoa will give you the most benefit. If you’re one of the people who don’t like dark chocolate because it can be bitter to taste, rather than being tempted to buy chocolate with more sugar in it, try and get accustomed to the taste by eating small amounts at a time. So with that in mind, here are some of the health benefits of dark chocolate:

Good for your cardiovascular health

The flavonoids in dark chocolate can help to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, and increase the flexibility of arteries and veins, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Helps to curb your sugar cravings

If you have a sugar addiction then consider eating a couple of squares of dark chocolate, rather than milk chocolate.  It has found to be far more filling than milk chocolate and it can lessen the cravings for sweet or fatty foods.

Reduces stress

Recent studies have found that stress hormone levels reduced significantly after people ate and 40g of dark chocolate every day for two weeks.  Now I’m by no means saying to go out and test this theory but perhaps when you’re stressed, consider reaching for the dark chocolate rather than the ice cream.

Slows the signs of aging

Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants which can help protect your body from free radicals that can be the cause of some types of cancer and some signs of ageing.

Helps to boost your brain power

Since the flavonoids in dark chocolate can improve blood flow to the brain, eating dark chocolate can improve brain performance and alertness in the short term.

High in vitamins and nutrients

Dark chocolate is full of vitamins and nutrients beneficial for your health.  The potassium and copper can help prevent strokes while the magnesium can prevent high blood pressure and type two diabetes.

Next time you’re in the supermarket aisle reaching for a block of chocolate, consider the dark chocolate that will be much more beneficial for your health.

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