Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Blog, Health | 0 comments

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Have you made the switch to dark chocolate?  If you’re a milk chocolate junkie like I was, it seems seriously impossible.  Whenever I used to taste dark chocolate, I had to choke it down- bitter and disgusting were two words I used to describe it.  I kept reading about the health benefits of dark chocolate, and I couldn’t ignore the facts.  I started cutting back on sugar in general, and began the process of taste-testing different brands of dark chocolate.  All of the nutrition experts recommend eating dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cacao, so look for that on the label.  I made the switch over a year ago, and now milk chocolate tastes way too sweet to me.  Chocolove is one of my top picks, and I also like Green and Black’s (it’s amazing how different these two brands taste, but they’re both great).  Here’s a list of some of the benefits you can gain from by eating a small amount (one ounce) of dark chocolate every day:

Improves heart health- Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure and may improve blood flow (1).

Helps control blood sugar- Dark chocolate is low on the glycemic index, so it won’t spike blood sugar levels.

Contains healthy antioxidants-  Dark chocolate is loaded with polyphenols, flavenols, and catechins- these powerful compounds help prevent cell damage. 

Good for your brain- Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which causes the brain to release endorphins.  The release of endorphins makes you feel happier, and increases your overall sense of well being!

Good for your skin- Dark chocolate shields your skin from harmful UV rays (2).

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