What are the health benefits of dark chocolate? The following article will discuss three health benefits that researchers say may be associated with eating dark chocolate.
What Makes Dark Chocolate Different?
Dark chocolate - chocolate that contains more than 60% cocoa - is the go-to treat for millions of people across the world. Dark chocolate is not only sweet, aromatic, and satisfying, but some scientists agree that it is a super-food that possesses a number of health benefits. Unlike milk chocolate and white chocolate, the sugar content is low in dark chocolate, especially ones with cocoa content of 70% or higher. Dark chocolate is also rich in catechins, a subgroup within the flavinoids family, which are antioxidants that can positively impact a person’s physical health and wellbeing.
1) Rich In Nutrients
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and it also contains minerals and vitamins that may benefit the human body. Dark chocolate is a fine source of fibre, magnesium, copper, and iron. Additionally, dark chocolate contains caffeine which can be a mood and energy booster.
2) Lowering Bad Cholesterol, Increasing Good Cholesterol
Research has shown that dark chocolate consumption may lower “bad cholesterol” and increase “good cholesterol". Cholesterol is divided into two different categories: “low-density lipoproteins” (bad cholesterol) and “high-density lipoproteins” (good cholesterol). High levels of low-density lipoproteins can result in clogged arteries, increasing one’s risk of developing heart disease or suffering a heart attack.
One of dark chocolate’s ingredients, cocoa butter, contains oleic acid, which can lower bad cholesterol. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid, which can be found in heart-healthy liquid fats like extra-virgin olive oil. Research has shown that regular oleic acid consumption may lower blood pressure and decrease one’s risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
3) Cognitive Boost
Studies indicate that the consumption of dark chocolate may improve brain health and cognitive function. The antioxidants found in dark chocolate have anti-inflammatory properties which may protect the brain from age-related stress and inflammation plus improve blood flow to the brain. Improved blood flow keeps the brain healthy and boosts cognitive abilities, including critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Some research even suggests that dark chocolate is a great treat for seniors who may face greater risks of brain diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Chocolate is an amazing food, and though dark chocolate is a healthier choice than other types of chocolate, we know it’s not the answer to anyone’s health issues. We encourage our customers to practice moderation when consuming candy or other treats, including dark chocolate.
If you are interested in introducing dark chocolate to your diet in a functional way, Cococo Chocolatiers have a variety of dark chocolate products available to you, including chocolate bars, chocolate drops, and even chocolate letters! Check out our products page for product availability and other important chocolate information. We look forward to seeing you online and in our shops!