Chocolate is often associated with weight gain and gorging on special occasions. However, dark chocolate does have many health benefits due to the fact that it’s high in several vitamins and minerals. The darker the chocolate the better, but remember that it’s also still high in fat so it’s best consumed in moderation.
Here are ten sinful yet healthy benefits of dark chocolate…
I bet you didn’t know that dark chocolate is high in iron? That means it prevents iron deficiency and anemia.
A rich source of magnesium, dark chocolate has been linked to lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
While copper and potassium in the dark stuff can lower the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, studies link a few squares of dark chocolate, a few times per week to reducing blood pressure and the instance of blood clots.
If you want to increase blood circulation, eating dark chocolate in moderation may boost cognitive function and memory.
Only dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the chemical your brain excretes when you fall in love, which has a very optimistic effect on your emotions.
The caffeine in dark chocolate acts as a mild stimulant, giving you a much-needed energy boost.
Dark chocolate contains theobromine (or xantheose), an alkaloid derived from the cacao plant. Not only does it strengthen tooth enamel, it prevents cavities!
Dark chocolate can also keep your blood sugar within safe levels thanks to the flavonoids within, which lower insulin resistance and prevent spikes in blood sugar.
High in antioxidants prowess, dark chocolate aids the body’s elimination of free radicals, which in turn, slow the signs of aging.
The xantheose in dark chocolate in similar to caffeine—it acts as a stimulant that can actually suppress a nasty, nagging cough.