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12.21.2012

Dark Chocolate | Delicious And Good for You

If you love dark chocolate, then you will be happy to know that it is actually good for you. Health researchers have studied dark chocolate for several years, and they have found that it offers several health benefits. Below are some of the benefits that you can potentially reap by eating dark chocolate:
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Dark Chocolate Can Keep Your Heart Healthy
You can lower your blood pressure by eating dark chocolate two or three times per week. Dark chocolate can also improve blood circulation and prevent atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a condition that causes your arteries to harden. This condition can put you at risk for having a heart attack.

Dark Chocolate Is Good for Your Brain
Dark chocolate increases the amount of blood that flows to your brain. That can make it easier for you to focus throughout the day. Dark chocolate can also reduce your risk of having a stroke. Dark chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine, or PEA. This is the same chemical that your brain produces when you fall in love. Therefore, eating dark chocolate can boost your mood.

Dark chocolate contains much less caffeine than coffee. One cup of coffee contains 200 mg of caffeine, and a 1.5 ounce dark chocolate bar only has 27 mg of caffeine. That is why you may want to consider replacing your morning cup of coffee with a dark chocolate bar.
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Dark Chocolate Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic condition that causes a person to have high blood sugar. It is caused by insulin resistance. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which are a group of compounds that can help reduce insulin resistance. It also contains magnesium, which is a nutrient that has been shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, dark chocolate will not cause your blood sugar to rise drastically because it has a low glycemic index.

Dark Chocolate Helps Reduce Free Radical Damage
Free radicals are compounds that are naturally found in the body. However, when these compounds begin to accumulate in excess, they can cause a number of health problems, including cancer. Dark chocolate is filled with antioxidants, and antioxidants can help the body get rid of free radicals.

Dark Chocolate Can Help Prevent Cavities
Sweets have a tendency to increase your risk of developing a cavity because they are typically very high in sugar. However, you can reduce your risk of developing cavities by eating dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has a substance called theobromine. Theobromine helps harden the enamel of your teeth, which makes them less susceptible to decay.

Author Bio: Megan is a chef at Dedes Restaurant in Sydney Australia. Megan has recently discovered the health benefits of dark chocolate, and if finding new ways to incorporate it into her cooking.

9 replies:

Nicole Orriëns said...

I've heard this before! Unfortunately I only like the 'normal' chocolate. The dark one tastes bitter.

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Dominique Goh said...

I too love dark chocolate. I too blogged about chocolate but chocolate cake on Friday.
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Courtney G said...

I love all of the health benefits, but it still goes right to my tushy;)

Aliy Hurd said...

ooooh dark chocolate and coconut... so yummy such a healthy combo

Franc said...

I've also heard so many health benefits of dark chocolate and one of which is to lose weight. I think this happens if its used as a substitute.

Debarpan Mukherjee said...

love these chocolates....yimmy

Aya said...

I've heard about this before but never really took time to know more about it. More reasons to each chocolate. Hahaha :P

Rowena Wendy Lei said...

My 8-year old daughter loves dark chocolates. I always tease her for having mature taste since it's not sweet but she has always liked it best among all the kinds of chocolate. It's good to know that it is the healthiest variant. :)

Ruth said...

Yey! I looove, love dark chocolate! And your article lifted the guilt in me. :D

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