Yes, you read that right. For all you chocolate lovers, here is good news, several kinds of research have proved that chocolate consumption in moderation is beneficial for your health. But that does not mean that you have been fooled all your childhood with the information that chocolate can cause acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. Just that nobody told you, only dark is good for health and you can never replace it with any other variant.
Did you know, Theobroma Cacao, the Latin name for chocolate, means ‘Food of the Gods’? A small amount of high-quality dark chocolate with at least 70 per cent of cocoa can actually be called that. Apart from the heavenly taste, chocolate is packed with nutrition, much needed by the human body.
The right dose of dark chocolate can improve memory, reasoning, and attention as it has cocoa flavanols, unlike milk chocolate. It can also help protect against mood disorders and is considered to be one of the best sources of antioxidants due to the presence of polyphenols, flavanols and catechins. Dark chocolate can also lower the risk of heart disease as the flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium to produce nitric oxide. And for those who really care about fitness, and had been avoiding chocolate, this is for you… dark chocolate boosts oxygen availability during fitness training, enhancing the release of nitric oxide in the body. Moreover, it contains the right amount of stimulants like caffeine and theobromine to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
Oh! It is good for your skin as well. The bioactive compounds in dark chocolate increase skin density and hydration protects against sun damage and improves blood flow to the skin. And cacao can enhance mitochondrial biogenesis in the human body that works an anti-ageing element.
So next time someone warns you against acne problem due to chocolate, you can hand them a bar of dark chocolate. Also, dark chocolate has fat, but the fats are mostly saturated and monounsaturated, with small amounts of polyunsaturated fat. So the consumption of dark chocolate in moderation is no reason for obesity. It has many more benefits such as the reduction in appetite for a healthy diet, reduction in complications during pregnancy, and reduction of damaged cells as well to protect against cancer.
5 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
- Improves memory, reasoning, and attention capability
- Protects against mood disorders
- Lowers the risk of heart disease, improve blood flow, and maintain blood pressure
- Boosts oxygen availability during fitness training
- Protects against sun damage, improves blood flow to the skin, and acts as an anti-ageing element
Drooling already thinking of chocolate? Now that you know the benefits of dark chocolate, take a guilt-free trip across our range of chocolaty products and pick your favorite.