Dark Chocolates for Health
Everyone loves chocolates and what’s better than the thing we love could also benefit our health. There are a variety of chocolates available but the one with high cocoa content is said to carry health and beauty benefits which would make it more preferable over the regular varieties of chocolate despite its quite bitter taste.
Dark chocolates are full of potent antioxidants and contain various essential nutrients that would help you to stay healthy and beautiful. A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate contains:
- 11 grams of fiber.
- 67% of the RDA for Iron.
- 58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
- 89% of RDA for Copper.
- 98% of RDA for Manganese.
- It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
Benefits of dark chocolate:
- Protecting from disease causing free radicals
Cocoa beans are rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and protect the body from their damage.
- Cancer prevention
According to the American cancer institute, “A recent review of studies on the cancer protective properties of cocoa concluded that the evidence is limited but suggestive.”
- Improves heart health
Flavanols in dark chocolate help lower the blood pressure and improve blood flow to heart as well as brain.
- Reduce cholesterol and blood sugar level
Cholesterol blocks the veins and the arteries and does not help them function properly. Dark chocolate reduces LDL(bad cholesterol) levels in heart and blood.
While eating dark chocolate can be beneficial for health and real dark chocolate (not processed or sweetened milk chocolate) carries incredible health benefits but some nutrients are destroyed while making dark chocolates available in the markets. Also, dark chocolates contain some number of calories and sugar; hence, it is advisable to be consumed in moderation.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.