Dark Chocolate - the Black Gold
Dark chocolate - no introduction is needed for this highly treasured and loved food. I am pretty sure that most of you have heard or read how great dark chocolate is. You may even have used it as an excuse to indulge yourself and give in to eating a whole bar every now and then. And at the end of the day, how awesome is it to be told that the most amazing food on planet earth is as a matter of fact healthy? But is it just a hype or is it actually the truth? Well, I won’t let you down. 😊
(Guys, honestly, while I am writing that post I am literally eating dark chocolate!!!)
- Quality dark chocolate is rich in fiber and in many minerals such as iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.
- Dark chocolate is loaded in antioxidants called flavonoids and polyphenols. The higher the cocoa percentage dark chocolate has, the more antioxidants you will get.
- The antioxidants in dark chocolate have a very positive effect on heart health by improving the blood flow, helping lower the blood pressure, and making the blood platelets less “sticky” and able to clot, which reduces the risk of blot clots and stroke.
- Dark chocolate is involved in cholesterol control by protecting against the oxidation of “bad” LDL cholesterol, at the same time it increases the “good” HDL cholesterol and improves the insulin sensitivity.
- Studies have shown that dark chocolate boosts the cognitive function and performance which is tightly connected to the fact that it improves the blood flow.
- Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA) which is the same chemical that your brain secretes when you are falling in love. Moreover, dark chocolate is also effective when it comes to reducing stress and anxiety levels.
Despite the fact that dark chocolate is delicious and has many health and nutritional benefits, it is important to keep in mind that it is high in calories and if eaten in excess, it can contribute to weight gain. It also contains a moderate amount of saturated fat, which can negatively affect blood lipid levels. So, eat quality dark chocolate but as I always say, in moderation!
To sum up, dark chocolate is very nutritious and packed with antioxidants that are mainly protective against heart diseases. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should go eat all the chocolate in the world - choose 70% (or higher) quality dark chocolate, consume it modestly, and gain these great health benefits!