There are several foods that I hate eating because of their awful taste. The one food I hate eating is dark chocolates. Dark chocolates are too bitter for me, and my tongue and stomach just can’t accept them.
Recently, I’ve been searching for brain and mood boosters, sleeping tips… and a lot more! And I found out that dark chocolates consumed so many health and cognitive benefits that should known by everyone! Click here. OR. Here.
Here is what you should know:
Dark Chocolate is Nutritious
A bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains high daily percentages and healthy levels of Fiber, Iron, Magnesium and Copper. Selenium, which plays a role in metabolism, along with potassium, phosphorus and zinc are also present at beneficial levels.
Dark Chocolate is a Source of Antioxidants
You may have heard about free radicals. We cannot discuss the importance of antioxidants without explaining free radicals. Free radicals are the naturally produced by-products of oxygen which wreak havoc on our bodies and cause damage. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, macular degeneration and many other health conditions have been attributed to these scavengers. Antioxidants are their enemy. Antioxidants are our defense against free radicals– they lower the risk of infections and inflammation caused by free radicals. The more we can consume antioxidants, the better our health.
Antioxidants are substances or nutrients found in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. This is where chocolate can help.
Dark chocolate is loaded with compounds that function as antioxidants. These compounds include polyphenols, flavanols and others. Flavanols in particular are found at high levels in chocolate. Some studies in the Chemistry Central Journal report chocolate having higher levels than blueberries and Acai berries.
Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Brain
Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain so it can help improve cognitive function. In addition to the flavanols and polyphenols, dark chocolate also contains several chemical compounds that have a positive effect on your mood and cognitive health. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, the same chemical your brain produces when you feel like you are falling in love. A Harvard Study shows PEA encourages your brain to release endorphins which will result you feel happier after eaten dark chocolate.
Dark Chocolate May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure
The flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the lining of arteries which can produce a gas called Nitric Oxide. This gas sends signals to the arteries to relax, which lowers resistance to blood flow and therefore reduces blood pressure.
Dark chocolate can also reduce insulin resistance, which is another common risk factor for many diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Lowering blood pressure and reducing insulin resistance is extremely important to heart health.
Consumed in moderation, one ounce a day containing 70% of more cocoa, has many benefits. So, leave the guilt behind the next time you reach for a chocolate bar or cup of hot chocolate. Enjoy in moderation, your taste buds and health will both thank you.
So for those people who are a non-liker of dark chocolates (like me), let’s try eating it kahit paunti-unti lang.
A Warning Message
Despite the health benefits of dark chocolate you must not forget that it is still chocolate which comes along with its excessive calories. A medium sized dark chocolate bar might not be as fattening as milk chocolate, but can still contain up to 250 calories, so watch your portion sizes and enjoy in moderation.