Who doesn’t love chocolate? You’ll love it even more when you discover all the many health benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate especially is full of nutrients that may lower your risk of heart disease. On top of that, it has the number one ingredient – seed of cocoa tree – which is one of the best antioxidants you’ll find anywhere on the planet. If you’re looking for a reason to eat dark chocolate, here are some of the top reasons:


Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

1. Nutritious
The higher the cocoa content, the more nutritious the dark chocolate is. A bar with 70-85% of cocoa contains a good amount of minerals and soluble fiber.

Nutritional Chart About Dark Chocolate
11 grams of Fiber
98% of the RDA for Manganese.
58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
67% of the RDA for Iron.
89% of the RDA for Copper.
And good amount of zinc, phosphorus, selenium and potassium

This helps you feel full longer.


Myth And Caution About Dark Chocolate
Myth: There is a myth that some people think that to receive the full nutritional benefits of dark chocolate, they should eat a bar of 100 grams (which is 3.5 oz), the chocoholic in them thinks this is a great idea.

Caution: 100 grams (3.5 oz) of chocolate is a large amount that should not be consumed daily. This amount also contains 600 calories and a large amount of sugar. To avoid the inevitable blood sugar spike and crash, remember to eat dark chocolate in moderation.

Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

2. Powerful Source of Antioxidants
Dark chocolate is a powerful (and tasty!) source of antioxidants including polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins. A recent study showed that dark chocolate (and cocoa) contains more antioxidants than certain fruits including blueberries and acai. Acai berries have long been touted as a super food. Now you may add dark chocolate to that list


3. Healthier Heart
During a 9-year research study conducted in Sweden, 31,000 women heart health was tracked to determine the benefits of eating dark chocolate. Those that ate one or two servings of dark chocolate a week have got these benefits:

a) Cut their risk of a heart attack by 1/3 versus those that didn’t eat chocolate once a week.

b) Lowered their risk of both heart attack and stroke thanks to its high concentration of potassium, copper.

c) Protected themselves against anemia because of chocolate’s iron content.

d) Prevented type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease because of the magnesium content.

Don’t think these benefits give you free reign to eat as much chocolate as you want without worrying about any consequences, though. The antioxidant rich dark chocolate that may help us, also comes with a hefty amount of sugar, milk, and butter. Make sure you add exercise to your routine to stay healthy


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4. Sun Protection
I bet, you didn’t know eating chocolate may protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Well, it can! London researchers tested the sun-protecting prowess of flavonols found in dark chocolate. After eating dark chocolate with high levels of flavanols for 3 months, participants skin took twice as long to show the beginnings of a sun burn versus those participants that ate low flavonols chocolate. Be on the look out for brands touting high levels of flavanols. Personally, I prefer Pascha Chocolate and Sweetriot.


5. Good For Your Brain
Besides being good for your skin and heart, dark chocolate is also good for your brain! The tasty treat may:

a) Increases blood flow to the brain as well as to the heart.

b) Help improve cognitive function.

c) Help you feel happier, dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA) – this is the chemical which brain produces when a person falls in love. PEA helps your brain release endorphins which, in turn, may make you feel happier.

d) Help you stay alert, a dark chocolate (1.5 ounce) contains 27 mg of caffeine. It’s not a lot, considering a cup of coffee will net you 200 mg of caffeine, but it is enough to give you a little boost of energy.

Dark chocolate not only tastes good, but it’s also good for you. With these many health benefits packed into a small treat, I know when I want something sweet I’ll reach for dark chocolate instead of a less healthy alternative.