Dark chocolate haunting you? Why feel guilty when you eat chocolate? Most people don’t know that dark chocolate, eaten in moderate portions, can serve several health benefits. Keep “moderate” in the back of your mind though… dark chocolate also contains high amounts of fat.
Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants which helps your body get rid of free radicals. Free radicals may cause cancer, so consuming foods rich in antioxidants can protect you from cancer, but also slow down the signs of aging.
It also contains high levels of potassium and copper, which help prevent cardiovascular illnesses. The iron in dark chocolate helps against anemia and iron deficiencies. Dark chocolate can also help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes because of its magnesium levels.
Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which is known to harden tooth enamel. By sticking to dark chocolate and practicing good dental hygeine, you can lower your chances of getting cavities. Theobromine is also a mild stimulant and can help to suppress coughs.
Need a brain boost? Eat a piece of dark chocolate! It contains chemical compounds that help improve your mood. It contains the same chemical (PEA) your brain creates when you feel like you are falling in love. Phenylethylamine (PEA) encourages your brain to release endorphins which leave you feeling happier.
While dark chocolate contains caffeine, it is still much less than coffee. A 1.5 ounce bar of dark chocolate contains 27 mg of caffeine as opposed to 200 mg found in an 8 oz cup of coffee.
Studies have shown that dark chocolate is good for your heart. By eating a small amount of dark chocolate a couple times a week, you can help lower your blood pressure. It improves the blood flow and may help prevent blood clots or hardening of the arteries.
These are just a few benefits that dark chocolate provides. If you remember to eat dark chocolate in moderation, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and not have to feel guilty.