3 Crucial Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
By: Jenn Moss
Sweets and candy can be a great little treat to add to your day. Especially if you are someone who craves that little sugar pick-me-up midday, but does not feel like drinking coffee. But with candy being so high in refined sugar, it may not be something that we should over-consume. Eating sweets may bring us temporary joy, and dazzle our taste buds, but it can be argued that they do not serve any nutritional purpose. That being said, dark chocolate may be an exception to this.
And we aren’t talking about just any kind of dark chocolate. Typically, for dark chocolate to be considered healthy, there should be a cacao percentage of 70% or higher. With this in mind, here some of the health benefits of dark chocolate:
1. Great for Heart Health
Studies have been shown that consuming a square of dark chocolate daily can be beneficial for your heart. This is impartially due to the naturally occurring chemical, flavanols. These work by relaxing the blood vessels, and improving blood flow, which results in lower blood pressure.
2. A Source of Vitamins and Minerals
That is right. There can be vitamins and minerals in candy. Dark chocolate is known for being a good source of magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and phosphorus. If you find that you are lacking these in your diet, perhaps you start to incorporate a square a day to up your intake.
3. May Decrease Bad Cholesterol
There are two different types of cholesterol in the body. There is low-density lipoprotein (LDL) the worst of the two, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL)cholesterol, known to be better. What is interesting is that the polyphenols and theobromine in dark chocolate may work to lower the amounts of LDL in the body.
Cacao has been used in ancient medicine to heal physical, mental, and spiritual illnesses. Studies have proven that incorporating dark chocolate into your diet may increase your health. Although higher amounts of cacao may make it more bitter, it may be something that you have to get adjusted to. It is nice to know that you can still consume chocolate (in moderation) and look out for your well being while improving it.