Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate: Calling All Chocolate Lovers
There’s hardly anyone who can resist chocolate, but maybe now you don’t have to! For many years research has shown that consuming small amounts (remember the part that says “small”) of dark chocolate have significant health benefits. This is because it contains the most pure content of cocoa without any extra milk or sugar. It also contains up to three times more antioxidants than both milk chocolate and white chocolate. There’s a reason why studies never mention milk chocolate- all the dairy and sugar in milk chocolate lowers the antioxidant levels, and raises the fat and calorie content. Still not convinced you should let dark chocolate melt in your mouth and not in your hand?
Check out the health benefits of this super food!
Heart health: A small amount of dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and improve blood flow! Antioxidants can also assist in fighting plaque formation and blood clots.
Maintain Stable Blood Sugar– Dark chocolate helps control blood sugar because it has a lower glycemic index, meaning it doesn’t wreak havoc on your blood glucose and insulin levels. This may be surprising because its considered a “Sweet”, but adding a small amount to your diet may satisfy your sweet craving and keep your sugar under control.
Keeps You Energized– Dark chocolate is a great source of magnesium, potassium, and..you guessed it- caffeine! Instead of that 3pm coffee you’re going to load up with milk and sugar, consider a few squares of dark chocolate and a decaf tea to give you a cleaner, quicker boost of energy.
Skin Protection- known for its high content of antioxidants, dark chocolate helps the body fight off free radicals. These pollutants can increase generalized inflammation in the body, and leave us with less than lustrous skin. Consuming a small amount of dark chocolate can help brighten and preserve your skin.
Mood Booster- Dark chocolate can also trigger boosts in serotonin levels that can be a great mood booster. Try a few squares to help you forget that annoying work situation, or frenemy you love to hate, and you’ll be surprised at how good you feel!