The Health Benefits of (Dark) Chocolate

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Introduction

When life is all but rosy when all we need is a tight hug and a loyal companion by our side. When we are moody, and a little jovialness could come in handy. When our bedroom affairs need a little spicing up that is when we fully appreciate the magic chocolate is.
But is chocolate healthy? Are there any pluses that come with consuming this tasty comfort food? Well, the answer is yes.

A lot of us see chocolate as our little guilty pleasure, the perfect cheat to our diet. Well, here comes the shocking news, chocolate and all other cocoa-related products are recommended for the dieting. This article has all the details, read on.

Health Benefits of Consuming Dark Chocolate

Scientific research proves that chocolate is indeed very good for our bodies. But there is a hunch; the chocolate has to be the proper type of chocolate, by which we mean dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is the most abundant source of flavanols there is, with it bragging of a 70% cocoa percentage. A side by side comparison of the chocolate with milk chocolate also shows it to have lesser sugar and saturated fat content. White chocolate is more on the sugar-saturated fat side, with it containing zero to almost no cocoa at all.

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Although research is still in progress, medics already tie chocolate consumption to battened heart and brain functionality. Additionally, chocolate a day, it is said, keeps life-threatening diseases such as autism, diabetes, and obesity away. All it takes, however, is one to two chocolate cubes, too much could be detrimental to your health.

Here is a well-researched list of some of the health benefits of consuming dark chocolate.

1. Chocolate perks up the heart’s functionality and circulation

First thing first, cocoa is rich in flavanol, a compound known to boost your heart’s functionality. Science has also found the compound useful in the curtailment of cardiovascular diseases, body insulin insensitivity, and brain defects. Flavanol in chocolates play a similar role with the caffeine in coffee, they both ameliorate the functioning of brains.
The flavanol in cocoa also cut down the risk of blood pressure and cholesterol for those with life-threatening levels. In addition to that, flavanols are known to prevent artery inflexibility and the sticking of white blood cells to blood vessels. The above come a long way into preventing the clogging of arteries.

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2. Dark Chocolate as the Solution to our Ageing Problems

Dark chocolate works excellently as an anti-ageing agent. The flavanols in the chocolate are known to not only slow down the ageing process but also make the signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, less intense. Additionally, flavanols reduce the rate of occurrence of diseases such as Alzheimer’s which come with age.

Moreover, dark chocolates contain antioxidants almost similar to the ones found in nuts, vegetables, grains, and fruits. The antioxidant levels in them are almost twice those in red wines and green tea and almost equal to those in acai and blueberries. Antioxidants handle the ageing situation perfectly.

3. Suitable for People with type 2 Diabetes

Like previously stated, flavanols help increase body insulin sensitivity and lower the levels of blood sugar; factors known to bring about Type 2 Diabetes. Managing Type 2 Diabetes is all about keeping body insulin and sugar levels in check, a role dark chocolate executes flawlessly.

4. Prevents Asthma Attacks

Dark chocolate might be the answer to asthma. The chocolate has the theophylline, caffeine, and theobromine components which work hand in hand to open blocked bronchial passageways stop bronchospasms. It is these components that make the chocolate a great cough medicine.

5. Fight the Decaying of Teeth

As previously stated, sugar is more on the low when it comes to dark chocolate. Chocolates with higher cocoa concentration are known to have lesser sugar in them. This dramatically reduces the risk of your teeth decaying.

6. Chocolate is Great for Your Skin

Planning on spending a holiday under the sun? Dark chocolate might be the best way to get started. The chocolate helps build up your skin’s resistance to UV lights improving its hydration, blood flow and protecting it from any damages that may result from the strong sun rays. The flavanols in the chocolate enhance the health of your skin by reducing stress-inducing hormones known to break down the advantageous collagen in our skins.

7. The Bedroom Boost

Looking to brighten up the mood up there? Dark chocolate is a sure bet. Cocoa has compounds known to ignite the sexual passions in us. The compounds send feel good’ messages to our brains bringing about an increase in our sexuality. The aphrodisiac is also known to reduce stress, relax individuals and boost energy levels in one’s body.

8. Rich Source of Minerals

Dark chocolates are an incredible source of magnesium, iron, selenium, manganese, copper, potassium, phosphorous and zinc. Additionally, taking chocolate before a meal can help in losing weight. This is because chocolate triggers hormones that trick your brain into thinking you are full. This lowers the amount of food one consumes.

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9. Good for expectant mothers

Findings of recent studies show that stress levels of expectant mothers who consumed dark chocolate were much lower than in those that did not. The babies of the chocolate consuming moms were also much happier.

10. The feel-good drug

Chocolate has phenyl-ethylamine, a chemical famously denoted as the feel-good compound. The chemical is the same one released in the brain when one is in love.

How Much Chocolate is Good Chocolate?

Reading this article may prompt you to think that excessive consumption of chocolate is good for your health. There is nothing much further from the truth. Chocolate should be taken in moderation lest it becomes bad for you.

Conclusion

For a long time now, chocolate has been viewed as the sweet villain. A lot have associated it with obesity, high blood pressure, and heart diseases. This article proves that the opposite is true. Dark chocolate, if and when consumed correctly, brings a lot of health benefits to the table.

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Sources

https://blog.paleohacks.com/health-benefits-of-dark-chocolate/
http://drtaylorwallace.com/cocoa-chocolate/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/nutrition/chocolate-10-health-reasons-you-should-eat-more-of-it/



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Stephanie Hill is the Chief Editor of Healthy Fixation and blogs regularly on various blogs and health and fitness topics. Stephanie provides personal advice on the latest health news and recommendations on health related issues and products.

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