“Your favorite bar of chocolates just gifted you with several health benefits”
How does that sound? Great isn’t it? Dark chocolate has lately been receiving a lot of attention for being a healthy food choice. Let’s find out why.
Improves Heart Health
Cocoa, the main ingredient of dark chocolate, contains flavenoids and antioxidants that have been shown to lower cholesterol. Dark chocolate is also associated with improved blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots. Therefore, a growing number of studies suggest that dark chocolate can be a heart-healthy choice.
Studies report that eating dark chocolate can reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in highly stressed people. So, your craving for chocolate in stressful situation is totally justified.
Protects Your Skin
Frequent exposure to sun and pollution results in damage to the skin. The flavonols present in the cocoa have the capability to protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration. The body scrubs or polishes with dark chocolates not only exfoliate your dead skin cells but also open up the pores that allow the skin to breathe smoothly.
Improves Brain Function
Dark chocolate improves the blood flow throughout the body, including your brain. Since dark chocolate contains some amount of caffeine, it stimulates the brain and helps you perform better.
Helps to Control Blood Sugar
The flavonoids in dark chocolate help reduce insulin resistance thus reducing the risk of diabetes.
Provides Essential Nutrition
Apart from flavonoids and caffeine, dark chocolate is also enriched with essential vitamins and micronutrients such as potassium, magnesium and iron.
Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. However, it is important to consume it in moderation as with too much intake of chocolate, you may consume extra calories that may lead to weight gain.
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