Yummy and Healthy Dark Chocolate!
Not only children we all love eating Chocolates! But why eat just any Chocolate why not go for a healthier option? Why not eat Dark Chocolate which is not only tasty but healthy too!
Are you joking?
No, I am not!
Dark Chocolate offers immense health benefits if eaten in moderation and you can have it daily without the guilt of harming your health.
The health benefits of dark chocolate are numerous and quite impressive. A study conducted showed that 5 days of consuming high-flavonol cocoa improved blood flow to the brain enhancing the cognitive function.
In a study of 470 aged men, cocoa was found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular related deaths by almost 50%.
Another study showed that eating chocolate two or more times a week lowered the risk calcified plaque in the arteries by almost 32%.
Dark Chocolate is amongst the richest source of antioxidants and possesses great antioxidants properties that neutralize free radicals and protect the body from their damage and for the same reason, it has also made its place amongst the top anti-cancer food.
A study on 28 healthy voluntary subjects revealed that just one week of dark chocolate consumption improved lipid profiles and decreased platelet reactivity for both men and women.
Dark Chocolate Nutritional Facts
1 ounce of dark chocolate contains approximately 167 calories, 13 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein, 3 grams fiber and about 12 grams of total fat.
Other Essential Vitamins and Minerals found in Dark Chocolate are manganese, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Selenium, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin K.
Dark chocolate is rich in Copper and Magnesium which helps in maintains optimal keeping the blood pressure levels.
The components of dark chocolate help in the production of endorphins which stimulate the brain cells and is known to boost a person’s mood.
There are other many health benefits of eating Dark Chocolate that you can find in the graph below but It is recommended eating small amounts dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content or higher.
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