Study after study proves that dark chocolate – sweet, rich, and delicious – is good for more than curing a broken heart.
The secret is in the cacao bean (or cocoa, which is cacao in its roasted, ground form), as it is packed with healthy compounds, known as flavonoids. But, you need to stick to healthy chocolate with at least 70% cacao and limit yourself to about four small dark chocolate bars a week. It turns out that all the bad things commonly attributed to non-raw chocolate bars, such as cavities, weight gain and diabetes, are actually caused by the dairy, sugar and others fillers added to the dark chocolate.
- Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants, which can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.
- Dark chocolate can help improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. It may help prevent the formation of blood clots.
- Consuming dark chocolate can improve several important risk factors for heart disease and help lower your blood pressure.
- Dark chocolate can protect your skin, as the flavonoids absorb UV light, increase blood flow to the skin, and improve the skin’s hydration and complexion.
- Dark chocolate is good for your brain. It can help improve cognitive function and helps reduce your risk of stroke.
- Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel.
- Dark chocolate is high in vitamins and minerals that can support your overall health.
And, best of all…
- Dark chocolate also contains several chemical compounds that have a positive effect on your mood and cognitive health. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make you feel happier.
Now you know!
This article was written for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.