5 Incredible Benefits of Chocolate

5 Incredible benefits of chocolate you cannot miss!

Try to start over. A lot of what you've been told about the chocolate may not be true. Or at least, it wasn't exactly about chocolate...

Though you may consider chocolate to be a guilty pleasure, you'd be surprised by all the benefits of real dark chocolate. The purest chocolate is 70% cocoa and you must be sure you purchase high-quality chocolate in order to profit from its health benefits as many of the nutrients and antioxidants of pure dark chocolate are lost during the process of industrialization. So as long as you eat it in moderation -try eating no more than 1 ounce of dark chocolate per day-, like anything in life, you can indulge in the pleasure of eating this gift from the gods. 

1. It is extremely nutritious

Dark chocolate is very nutritious

If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, the nutritional value will be high -and this is key. High-quality chocolate contains a considerable amount of soluble fiber (11gr. every 100gr.) and is full of minerals.

Typically, 100 grams of dark chocolate provides:

  • Fiber (11 grams)
  • 67% of the recommended amount of iron per day. Magnesium, 58%.  Copper, 89%, and manganese, 98% of the daily recommended intake.
  • The fatty acids of cocoa and bitter chocolate are excellent.

100 grams is a lot of chocolate and should not be consumed on a daily basis. Consume dark chocolate moderately.

2. It is packed with antioxidants

Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants

Dark chocolate includes polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins.

Studies showed that cocoa and dark chocolate contain more antioxidant activity, polyphenols, and flavonoids than other fruits, including blueberries and açai.

It is worth mentioning, however, that raw, unprocessed cocoa beans are among the highest sources of antioxidants. 

3. Expect Better blood circulation, less blood pressure

Chocolate can be beneficial for your circulatory system

There are many studies that show that cocoa and dark chocolate can improve blood circulation and lower blood pressure.

4. It has been proven that it is good for the skin

The bioactive components in dark chocolate can be of great benefit to the skin.

The bioactive components in dark chocolate can be of great benefit to the skin. Flavonoids protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin, and increase skin density and hydration.

5. It also increases your good cholesterol

Dark Chocolate can increase production of HDL or "good" cholesterol

In a controlled trial, cocoa powder significantly lowered oxidized LDL cholesterol in men.

Dark chocolate can also reduce insulin resistance, another common risk factor for several heart diseases and diabetes.

Studies showed that eating chocolate two or more times a week reduced the risk of calcified plaques forming in the arteries by 32%.

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Peter O Brien

Peter started out his professional life as a restaurant critic but ended up moving to the kitchen, realizing that his passion didn’t only lie in tasting the food, but MAKING it. Follow his delicious recipes, as well as useful articles about the many benefits healthy and delicious food will bring to your life.+ info

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