The Power of the Dark Side
Okay you like your chocolate, we do too. But sometimes it’s confusing to figure out which chocolate is the right one for you: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate? Well, if you’re looking for a reason to justify your chocolate addiction, know that a serving of dark chocolate is full of 6 great benefits. When it comes to the health benefits of chocolate, the darker the chocolate the better. That means cacao content of 60-70% or higher. But we promise, it’s worth it. Here’s why:
- It’s rich in antioxidants. In fact, dark chocolate is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. It actually contains a higher content of two important groups of antioxidants—flavonoids and polyphenols—than red wine or green tea.
- Good for your heart. Flavanols are a type of flavonoid found in dark chocolate. These have been shown to benefit heart health by lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow through the body and to the brain, and reducing the risk of blood clots.
- Gives us clarity. Not only are the flavonoids good for the heart, when blood flow improves to our body and brain it helps us think clearer. Not to mention, chocolate has caffeine it, which can also give your brain a boost without giving you the shakes like coffee.
- It’s nutrient rich. Dark chocolate is full of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, manganese, potassium, copper, selenium, zinc, phosphorous, iron and Vitamins B, C and E.
- Helps our mood. Compounds in chocolate have been associated with balancing our mood hormones, specifically serotonin levels, which leaves us feeling happy and content.
- Fends off stress. Research has shown that eating dark chocolate helps to fend off the body’s reaction to the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine.