Dark chocolate is a delicious super food that contains several important nutrients. The health benefits of dark chocolate are explained below.
Did you know, chocolate is made from the cocoa tree seed, which provides antioxidants and protection for the heart? There are even more fun insights to the heath benefits of dark chocolate. Here they are:
A 100-gram bar of quality dark chocolate contains iron, fiber, magnesium, manganese and potassium, along with mostly saturated and monosaturated fats. Since dark chocolate has about 600 calories per three ounces, it should be eaten in moderation.
Antioxidants, such as polyphenols and flavanols protect the body against disease, and dark chocolate has more of them than even Açaí berries and blueberries.
Lower Blood Pressure
Dark chocolate contains bioactive compounds that improve the flow of blood through the arteries. This results in a lowering of blood pressure.
Protection from Heart Disease
The combination of antioxidants and other compounds in cocoa keeps LDL cholesterol in check, preventing heart disease. Dark chocolate also appears to prevent the buildup of dangerous plaque in the arteries while promoting a more efficient use of insulin, decreasing the chances of diabetes.
While milk chocolate can actually make skin more prone to acne, the dark variety increases blood flow to the skin, which can lead to less damage from the sun’s UV rays.
Faster Brain Function
Studies have shown that the theobromine and caffeine in dark chocolate increases cognitive function and speech in older people struggling with aged-related mental impairment.
While dark chocolate brings many health benefits, it is high in calories and should always be consumed in small amounts at one time. Don't forget to try our delectable That’s It. Truffles, bites of real fruit covered in delicious organic dark chocolate. Enjoy the experience of eating truffles without the guilt!