Did you know that dark chocolate is recommended for people who want to loose weight. Well if you didn’t know you are welcome.
Chocolate of any form is gotten from cocoa beans and a by-product () is extracted. Cocoa is really a wonderful plant and did you know that dark chocolate is healthy well not all but datk chocolate. The health benefits of dark chocolatre are listed below-
1) Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Heart
Studies show that eating a small
amount of dark chocolate two or
three times each week can help lower your blood pressure . Dark chocolate improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots.
2) Dark Chocolate Helps Control Blood Sugar
Dark chocolate helps keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. The flavonoids in dark
chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain theability to use your body’s insulinefficiently. Dark chocolate also has alow glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause huge spikes in blood sugar
3) Dark Chocolate is Full of
Dark chocolate is loaded with
antioxidants. Antioxidants help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are implicated in the aging
process and may be a cause of
cancer, so eating antioxidant rich
foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.
4) Dark Chocolate Contains
Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. That means that dark
chocolate, unlike most other sweets, lowers your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.
Theobromine is also a mild stimulant, though not as strong as caffeine. It can, however, help to suppress coughs.
5) Dark Chocolate is High in Vitamins and minerals
It contains vitamins and minerals that can support your health. Dark chocolate contains some of the following vitamins and minerals in high concentrations:
Potassium, Copper, Magnesium and Iron.
Bittersweet chocolates that start at 75% and reach all the way up to 99%, or even 100%, have long been enjoyed by people who like the intense flavor of cacao. The higher the percentage, the less sugar there is in the bar, so the more the pure flavor
of the cacao is experienced. But not everyone likes these higher
percentage chocolates —or even
semisweet dark chocolate, which
ranges from 50% to 69% cacao— simply because they’re accustomed to sweeter chocolate.
Even for people who want the higher concentration of cacao, it is not always advisable to jump directly into
the deep end. Regardless of the level of enthusiasm (or the desire for
greater health benefits), even the finest unsweetened chocolate can taste terribly bitter and off-putting at first but you would get used to it. To appreciate the heights of high cacao content chocolate, its advisable to start small.
100% dark chocolate is very bitter and has little or no sugar while milk chocolate has about 50% sugar (huge difference don’t you think) I don’t know of any brands of dark chocolate made in Nigeria but a chocolate is considered healthy if it contains 60% and above cocao content. Anything less than that is sugar and milk all the way. So before you buy your dark chocolates check the cocao content so you can have the best of both worlds. Make sure your dark chocolate is 100% organic and not synthesized from chemicals.
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