Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate
While many people enjoy dark chocolate for its rich flavour, Affinity Health, a leading provider of high-quality healthcare, says it also offers several health benefits that make it a smart choice for those looking to indulge in a sweet treat without compromising their health.
“Dark chocolate contains a high concentration of cocoa solids, which are rich in antioxidants called flavonoids,” says Murray Hewlett, CEO of Affinity Health.
“However, when consuming dark chocolate, choosing high-quality chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids is essential to maximise its health benefits. Dark chocolate with added sugar, milk, or other ingredients may not offer the same health benefits. And remember, dark chocolate is still high in calories and fat, so limit yourself to a small serving.”
The Surprising Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Rich in Antioxidants
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body against damage from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause damage to cells and contribute to the development of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. Dark chocolate’s antioxidants can help neutralise free radicals and reduce the risk of these diseases.
Several studies have shown that eating dark chocolate can benefit heart health. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, compounds that help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. This can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Additionally, dark chocolate can help reduce LDL (harmful) cholesterol levels, another risk factor for heart disease.
Eating dark chocolate may also be beneficial for brain function. The flavonoids in dark chocolate can improve blood flow to the brain, enhancing cognitive function and memory.
Additionally, dark chocolate’s caffeine and theobromine can help improve mental alertness and focus.
Dark chocolate is also beneficial for skin health. Dark chocolate’s antioxidants can help protect the skin against damage from the sun and other environmental factors, reducing the risk of wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
Additionally, the flavonoids in dark chocolate can improve blood flow to the skin, enhancing skin hydration and texture.
While chocolate is often thought of as a food that should be avoided when trying to lose weight, dark chocolate can be beneficial for weight management. Dark chocolate is rich in fibre, which can help to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
Additionally, the flavonoids in dark chocolate can help reduce cravings for sweet and salty foods, making it easier to stick to a healthy diet.
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