DARK CHOCOLATE – GUARDIAN OF OUR HEALTH
Unlike ordinary milk chocolate, which is rich in sugars and low in antioxidants, cocoa dark chocolate is a real source of antioxidants.
Here are the main benefits of dark chocolate:
Protects the skin from aging
The research published in the “Journal of Nutrition” found that individuals who regularly consume dark chocolate have softer, black skin, 25% fewer red blushes after sun exposure and their skin longer retains its moisture. Also, with this chocolate, you can prevent discoloration that occurs with aging.
Guards the heart and reduces bad cholesterol
Dark chocolate can also reduce blood pressure and improve the condition of blood vessels; it is also responsible for reducing bad cholesterol while increasing the level of good cholesterol. It reduces stress. Many studies show that dark chocolate can lead to a reduction in anxiety and stress.
Does dark Chocolate have Health Benefits?
It is a chocolate lovers dream come true to hear that chocolate can be good for you. Before you go binge on the four Hersey bars you have stashed away for a rainy day there are a few things you should know. Not all chocolates are created equal.
Dark chocolate is the healthiest of the chocolates you can choose. There are high levels of antioxidants found in dark chocolate. When we eat antioxidants they help to neutralize free radicals that are causing damage to our cells. This damage ultimately causes aging and disease. To get an even higher antioxidant punch, dip cherries and strawberries into dark chocolate. In moderation, this can be a fairly healthy snack. There is some speculation as to whether dark chocolate may have some anti-cancer activities because of the antioxidants, but more research needs to be done to verify this.
Dark chocolate also contains a plant steroid called a phenol. Phenols can assist in lowering blood pressure. Chocolate along with olive oil (which also contains phenols) are on a list of heart-healthy foods. Phenols also appear to help with stopping clotting in the blood. This can help to keep blood vessels clear. These phenols are also a general anti-inflammatory which is another reason to eat dark chocolate. This can be a satisfying snack or dessert.
Diabetics will love that dark chocolate is low on the glycemic index. You will find vitamin C and E in dark chocolate along with potassium, copper, iron, and magnesium. These are all heart-healthy vitamins and minerals. Plus these are all required so that our bodies function properly.
I have said it a number of times, but it is important to understand that a little chocolate can go a long way. Chocolate is high in fat so it is a high-calorie food. You don´t need to feel guilty if you enjoy a small dark chocolate truffle or two.