I must tell you that not all the delicious treats are damaging to your health because there are some guilty pleasures out there which will actually do you good and you will see that, by reading this little article where I detail all the wonderful benefits of dark chocolate that will make it even more irresistible. It has recently been discovered that dark chocolate has a lot of amazing health benefits, because it’s actually packed with all kinds of nutrients that will positively affect your health. It’s made from the seed of the cacao tree and it’s one of the best sources of antioxidants in the entire world. If you think that all this seems a little too good to be true, just read on and find out what are the most amazing health benefits of dark chocolate that you should always consider while indulging yourself with this delicious treat:
1. It’s Very Nutritious
In my opinion, one of the most amazing benefits of dark chocolate is the fact that it’s very nutritious, being packed with all kinds of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. It has a high amount of cocoa and it’s loaded with a pretty decent amount of soluble fiber. “A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains: 11 grams of fiber, 67% of the RDA for Iron, 58% of the RDA for Magnesium, 89% of the RDA for Copper, 98% of the RDA for Manganese, and it also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium”. Be careful because all these nutrients come with quite a lot of calories, not to mention sugar, so try to eat it with moderation, no matter how delicious or nutritious it actually is.
2. It Can Help Prevent Heart Disease
One of the most amazing things dark chocolate does is that it can actually lower blood pressure, thus helping prevent heart disease. One study from Germany which came out in 2003 “reported that eating dark chocolate daily could help lower blood pressure in people with moderately high numbers”. There are also a lot of studies which have shown that eating a little bit of dark chocolate every day can increase blood flow, and another study in Germany found that ” limiting participants to just 30 calories of dark chocolate a day...could still lower blood pressure over time”.
3. It’s a Rich Source of Antioxidants
Another one of the wonderful benefits of dark chocolate is also the fact that it’s loaded with “organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants”, more even than fruits like blueberries and Acai berries. Because antioxidants are so powerful in protecting your body against the effects of aging, dark chocolate is the perfect choice you could make in order to benefit. There are also a lot of studies which showed that “people who ate dark chocolate had more antioxidants in their bloodstream than people who ate milk chocolate, or who chased their dark chocolate with milk”.
4. It Will Make Your Skin Look Better
Another incredible thing about dark chocolate is the fact that this delicious treat can in fact help you look better by making your skin look younger. Those antioxidants that can be found in dark chocolate will reduce your stress levels and will protect your body against the effects of aging. Also, according to experts “Flavanols in dark chocolate may also make skin healthier, improve blood flow to the skin giving you a healthier glow, and protect against sun damage.”
5. It Can Help Improve Your Cognitive Function
If you didn’t know this already, I must tell you that this wonderful treat is also good for your brain, thus it can help you improve your cognitive function. It contains a couple of chemical compounds that will boost your mood, making you feel happier. One of those compounds is phenylethylamine (PEA), the same chemical your brain creates when you fall in love. It encourages your brain to release endorphins, thus making you feel more energized and joyful. It also contains caffeine but a much smaller quantity than coffee does because “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”.
6. It Can Help Control Your Blood Sugar
This delicious treat can even help you control your blood sugar. You didn’t see that coming did you? Well, it’s actually true. Studies show that this wonderful treat can help you keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired, thus protecting you 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”. It even has a low glycemic index and that means that it won’t cause any huge spikes in your blood sugar levels, making it the perfect choice for your desserts.
7. It Can Lower the Risk of Getting Cavities
Among the numerous benefits of dark chocolate I must mention the fact that it can even lower your risk of getting cavities because it contains theobromine, a substance which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. This means that if you indulge yourself with this delicious treat, unlike other sweets, you won’t affect your dental health because it will lower your risk of getting those unwanted cavities, of course, if you don’t forget to practice a proper dental hygiene.
Dark chocolate is indeed one of the most wonderful and delicious treats you should make part of your diet. Did you know about any of these amazing benefits? What other wonderful benefits does dark chocolate have to offer? If you do know, please tell us about them in the comments section!