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Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Health

July 11, 2023 | Food & Nutrition

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Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Everybody has a sweet tooth, and chocolate is usually a go to.

Dark, high quality chocolate in particular (not your typical candy bar) has several health benefits that make it a bit more justifiable to snack on!

For many years, chocolate has been viewed as the ultimate comfort food and it has become one of the most popular foods in the world.

However, due to the over consumption of this silky, dark, sweet food many health practitioners warn against it. They say that it’s calorie-laden and does little in the way of ‘real’ nutrition.  

The question is, are there any health benefits to consuming dark chocolate?

Obviously, over-consumption of any food can have a detrimental effect on general health.

Recent studies, however, have shown that consumption (in moderation of course) of dark chocolate has many health benefits. So eating about an ounce of dark chocolate every day is actually a good thing!

Why dark chocolate, not milk chocolate? 

The reason is that when you compare dark chocolate with milk chocolate, dark chocolate comes out on top when it comes to nutritional benefit.

Dark chocolate has more fiber and nutrients, but less sugars and cholesterol than milk chocolate.

When talking about dark chocolate, we're referring to chocolate with a cacao percentage of 70% and more. 

Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

  • Lowers cholesterol. In studies, dark chocolate has proven to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol). As we know, too much bad cholesterol is not good for us. These studies showed that dark chocolate actually provided health benefits when it comes to cholesterol. 
  • Good for the heart. Perhaps the most well-known reason, dark chocolate is good for the heart. Dark chocolate contains nutrients that are known to help lower blood sugar and increase blood flow. In addition, anything that lowers cholesterol is good for the heart. Some observational studies have showed that dark chocolate can reduce cardiovascular death in men by up to 50%. These aren’t scientific studies, but given that dark chocolate lowers cholesterol and can lower blood pressure, then these findings are significant. 
  • Improves your skin. Dark chocolate contains lots of flavanols, which protect the skin against sun damage. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can do without sun cream! However, it does mean that the flavanols will reduce the damage on the skin due to the sun. Therefore, if you are planning a summer vacation, then you could start increasing your intake of dark chocolate a few weeks before your holiday. In general, dark chocolate has a positive effect on the skin. 
  • Can prevent diabetes. Many studies have shown that dark chocolate improves insulin sensitivity. This means that dark chocolate can improve blood sugar levels. Because of its properties it can actually be incorporated in a diabetic diet
  • Nutritious. There are many good aspects to chocolate. Of course, chocolate contains calories – up to 242 per 100 grams. This means that it should be eaten in moderation. However, dark chocolate contains minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper and manganese, zinc, potassium and selenium. It is also a good source of fiber, containing about 11 grams. 
  • Good source of antioxidants. Dark chocolate also contains a vast amount of antioxidants, which are great for promoting heart health, decreasing risk of infection, and fighting free radicals in the body. The cocoa tree is one of the best source of antioxidants on the planet. This means that its fruits – the cocoa pods also have antioxidant properties. Many studies have shown dark chocolate to have a higher amount of antioxidants then blueberries or Acai berries. 
Although dark chocolate has a higher calorie, fat and saturated fat content than milk chocolate, its health benefits are much higher than milk chocolate.

Dark chocolate has 22% more iron, four times more fiber and 242 grams more theobromine, which reduces blood pressure, per half bar than milk chocolate. This makes it easy to see that dark chocolate has many health benefits. 

Also, dark chocolate has less carbs and half the sugar of milk chocolate. It's also the preferred flavor of chocolate among many. Just don’t over indulge! 

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