Dark Chocolate... It's Healthy Right?
Some people call chocolate the food of the gods. Well, I'd say those people are right, ha! Not only is chocolate delicious, it can also be a nutritious element to a balanced diet. But is it everything it's cracked up to be? I explain below.
The nutrients in cocoa as well as antioxidants called flavonoids found in chocolate provide a variety of health benefits such as:
A Better Mood - Cocoa has been shown to reduce stress hormones and contains tryptophan - a necessary precursor to serotonin (your feel-good neurotransmitter), which promotes relaxation and happiness. The health-promoting flavonoids also enhance blood flow in the brain and protect neurons from death which means it can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and stroke.
A Healthier Heart - Cocoa’s flavonoids help to lower blood pressure and inflammation, reduce cholesterol and improve blood glucose, all of which helps to lower heart disease risk.
Youthful Skin - Dark chocolate intake results in less collagen breakdown in the skin… that means fewer wrinkles with sun damage!
Chocolate is also one of the best sources of iron, magnesium, manganese, and copper and will boost your fiber intake (100g of 70-85% cocoa dark chocolate bar = 11 gams of fiber!).