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Dark Chocolate


Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease. We learned about 7 health benefits of dark chocolate so far, there are some more lined up to get attention.

Review of Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

1. Very nutritious (dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa) : Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, and fibers

2. Powerful Source of Antioxidants: Polyphenols and Flavonoids contents higher than green tea

3. May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure

4. Raises HDL and Protects LDL From Oxidation – win-win solution to lower total cholesterol profiles

5. May Reduce Heart Disease Risk – healthier blood flow, lower cholesterol, and antioxidant power

6. May Protect Your Skin from the Sun

7. Could Improve Brain Function

and some more Health Benefits:

💐Belly Buster: Penn State have found that dark chocolate contains fat busting enzymes. If the antioxidants in chocolate help block the breakdown of fat and carbohydrates, that means less gets absorbed from your digestive tract into your bloodstream, so it can't get socked away in your fat cells. ⁠ ⁠ 💐Research found that the theobromine in chocolate prevents tooth decay by eliminating streptococcus mutans, a bacteria that contributes to tooth decay.⁠

An once of dark chocolate nutrition profile:

168 calories |12.8 grams carbohydrates | 2.2 grams protein | 12 grams fat | 3.1 grams fiber | 0.5 milligrams Manganese (27% DV) | 0.5 milligrams copper (25 % DV) | 3.3 milligrams Iron (19 % DV) | 63.8 milligrams Magnesium (16% DV) | 86.2 milligrams Phosphorus (9% DV) |200 milligrams Potassium (6 % DV) | 0.9 milligrams Zinc (6% DV) | 2 micrograms vitamin K (3% DV) | 1.9 micrograms Selenium (3% DV) | 20.4 milligrams Calcium (2 % DV)

Recommended Dosage:

An average amount of 6.7 grams of chocolate per day, corresponding to a small square of chocolate twice or three times a week. No more than 25 grams, or 2.5 squares of dark chocolate a day. Or, up to 1 serving (20 g) of dark chocolate every 3 days.

So, we can have a bite of dark chocolate a day. Dove's individually wrapped chocolate is about 7g that is an easy way to remember.

Side Effects:

Despite the many dark chocolate health benefits, there are several side effects to consider as well. In particular, chocolate has been linked to side effects like: acne, weight gain, bloating, headaches, gas, sleep disturbances, mood changes, cavities (it is a conflict of benefit right now), constipation, and nervousness.

There is considerable evidence that cocoa can provide powerful health benefits, being especially protective against heart disease. On the other hand, it is loaded with calories and easy to get sugar-surge reaction.

Maybe have a square a day. You can enjoy the aroma of cocoa by using a unseeded cocoa power. When you purchase chocolate on the market, check the ingredients and avoid any products added artificial ingredients, alcohol sugars and HFCS.