Many do people think that chocolate is bad for you. I have been a chocoholic since I was a little girl. Now, I will avoid it because of the stereotypical facts of its sweetness and sugary artificial flavors. I love chocolate and for a long time believed it was a big reason for my own weight gain. Indeed it could have been partly the cause while pregnant. It was only because I had no idea how and what type to eat. In addition, research has found and linked dark chocolate to many health benefits. Chocolates are made from the cocoa plant and the cocoa phenols are included in it.
Do you wonder why it’s healthier and contains less cholesterol fat? A plant fat is extremely different from animal fat. Animal fat is more heavier.
So what is it about dark chocolate? They are known to lower blood pressure.Dark chocolate has recently been discovered to have a number of healthy benefits compared to milk chocolate or other non pure chocolates.
Dark chocolate has fewer carbs than other chocolates.
It has half the sugar, and four times the fiber
It has more iron.
More magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
More theobromine that lowers blood pressure.
Here are all the benefits studies have shown in dark chocolate.
1) Good for Your Heart
Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times each week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots. Eating dark chocolate may also prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
2) Good for Your Brain
Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain as well as to the heart, so it can help improve cognitive function. Dark chocolate also helps reduce your risk of stroke.
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.
Dark chocolate also contains caffeine, a mild stimulant. However, dark chocolate contains much less caffeine than coffee. A 1.5 ounce bar of dark chocolate contains 27 mg of caffeine, compared to the 200 mg found in an eight ounce cup of coffee.
3)Helps Control Blood Sugar
Dark chocolate helps keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.
4)Full of Antioxidants
Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may be a cause of cancer, so eating antioxidant rich foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.
5) Contains Theobromine
Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. That means that dark chocolate, unlike most other sweets, lowers your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.
Theobromine is also a mild stimulant, though not as strong as caffeine. It can, however, help to suppress coughs.
6)High in Vitamins and Minerals
Dark chocolate contains a number of vitamins and minerals that can support your health. Dark chocolate contains some of the following vitamins and minerals in high concentrations:
The copper and potassium in dark chocolate help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments. The iron in chocolate protects against iron deficiency anemia, and the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
“Chocolates made in Europe are generally richer in cocoa phenols than those made in the U.S.” So if you’re going to try this at home, remember: Darker is better.
Pure chocolate is grown in Nigeria.
How to buy chocolate: high cocoa percentages over 70% remember to read the label. Stay away from the flavoring if you can.
Real pure chocolate is very bitter tasting and some people might not like it. Awesomely,It is a great vegan delight since it is a plant based food!
Just remember to balance the calories. A 100-gram serving of Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar has 531 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Chocolate is also linked to acne so be careful to only eat small amount when needed.
Contact me for other good foods to enjoy while eating healthy-Yolanda v Henderson