This one is a boon for all of you who have a sweet tooth like me. If you have been keeping away from chocolates because of all that added sugar and calories, there’s lots of good news. Dark chocolate benefits go beyond what regular chocolates offer you. In fact, for those who like a high cocoa content in their chocolates, health benefits only increase.
Here are some of them, which even your dietician will approve, and you can gorge on them (a little more than usual), without worrying about what the scales will show.
Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Prevention Against Heart Diseases
So if you missed your walk this morning, don’t fret. A bit of dark chocolate everyday is doing some good for your heart. As per researches, dark chocolate has lots of flavonoids, which are basically some compounds that work as antioxidants. These tend to protect the heart from harmful molecules, which are also known as free radicals.
These get produced as the body is exposed to environmental pollutants or even breaks the down the consumed food. These further lower the pressure of the body and reduce the bad cholesterol or LDL.
No doubt that chocolates are our best friends when it comes to bad days. Be it a break up or tiff with a loved one, having chocolates always helped. Now dark chocolates can add a tad more happiness to your every day. Bring out that Exquisite Chocolate 12 Pc Collection when you are feeling low.
Dark chocolates has ingredients that stimulate endorphin production, which helps the brain to bring out emotions of happiness. It also works as an anti-depressant because of serotonin.
Even as I am writing, I am already drooling for the Sophisticated Chocolate collection that is kept beside me. Who wants chocolate facials when you are getting the same benefits by consuming the real thing.
Dark chocolates help in absorbing UV light and also enhance the flow of blood to the skin. The result is improved complexion along with better hydration.
For The Teeth
You should definitely let your dentist know about this one. Theobromine is a product found in dark chocolates that helps in hardening the tooth enamel. So unlike other forms of sweets, you don’t have to worry about poor dental hygiene here. Also, it also helps in suppressing cough.
Rich In Nutrition
Over the years research has shown that dark chocolate includes various kinds of vitamins along with minerals that are very good for the health. Some found here include copper, iron, potassium and magnesium.
Controlling Blood Sugar
Dark chocolate is a great way to keep the blood vessels functioning and circulating. In fact, this circulation unimpaired offers protection against type 2 diabetes. Flavonoids in this chocolate lowers insulin resistance and aids in regular functioning of the cells. Hence the body is able to use insulin more efficiently. Being low on the glycemic index doesn’t lead to spike in levels of sugar.
So with all these great dark chocolate benefits, do indulge in a couple of pieces everyday. But don’t overdo it or else you will be adding too many calories!