We all know that chocolate is not really healthy and full of bad sugars. This is kind of true, but there’s a better health benefited option. Dark chocolate! While milk and white chocolate are filled with bad sugars, dark chocolate, on the other hand, is filled with nutrients that can positively affect your health.
I’m a chocolate eater, I’ve been one since the day I can remember. Especially on the days that I have my period and my hormone system begs me for some. I can’t tell you how much I watched the movie Chocolat. Mainly for the chocolate but most part for Johnny Depp. Let’s face it, chocolate is part of the world. All around the world people use chocolate to express their love for another. Valentine’s Day, for example, is all about love, red roses, and chocolate.
What we often forget is that milk and white chocolate are not so good for health. And extremely bad for the cholesterol. So today we are focussing on the good chocolate, which is the dark one. And why you need to switch to it asap!
It’s an antioxidant powerhouse
Dark chocolate is made from the seed of the cocoa tree. Which is being tested as the best source of antioxidants. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants like polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, and others. Studies have been proving that cocoa and dark chocolate have even more antioxidants than blueberries and açai berries.
Bottom Line: The darker the chocolate the more flavonols it contains.
It’s good for the heart
Yup, you read that correctly! Eating an ounce of a good quality dark chocolate 4 times in the week may help lower blood pressure. In a study, they found that dark chocolate helps to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and UP the HDL (good cholesterol). And in another study, they found that it reduced the risk of dying from heart disease by 50% (over a 15 year period).
Bottom Line: Dark chocolate reduce the risk of heart diseases, lower the LDL and higher the HDL. And it may help lower blood pressure.
It’s very nutritionist
Dark chocolate contains a lot of good nutrition. Choose one with at least 70 – 85% of cocoa for the healthiest option. Which contains fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. One thing is certain, It tasted much better than those vitamin pills.
Bottom Line: Quality dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, and a few other minerals.
It’s a mood elevator and improves brain health
And last but defiantly not least. Dark chocolate helps to elevate the mood. By eating dark chocolate the production of endorphins (chemicals in the brain that make us feel pleasure) is stimulated. It also contains serotonin which is known to improve mood. Dark chocolate helps regulate depression. It’s also great for brain health. Studies have proven dark chocolate’s positive impact on memory. Dark chocolate has also been found to be key to helping seniors reduce memory loss.
- Like with everything that is good for you, moderation is key!! Don’t take this a sign to go out and consume too much dark chocolate. Cause it is still loaded with calories.
- Find yourself some good quality organic dark chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa.
- Dark chocolate contains sugar. But the darker the chocolate, the less sugar it contains.
Do you eat dark chocolate? I like to hear from you in the comments!