Have you ever wished your favourite food was good for you? Well, chocoholics rejoice as studies have suggested that dark chocolate is actually good for you. In fact, dark chocolate has many nutritional benefits as it’s made from the seed of the cocoa tree, which is one of the best sources of antioxidants in the world.
How dark chocolate is good for you
There are many ways chocolate is good for you. For instance, the higher the cocoa content, the more minerals it has.
A 100-gram bar of 70 to 85 percent dark chocolate has fibre, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. Although, experts at House Call Doctor say that 100 grams should not be consumed daily, as dark chocolate is best eaten in moderation.
Dark chocolate also has caffeine, however, it’s unlikely that there’s enough to keep you awake like coffee.
The best part of dark chocolate is that it is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight against environmental toxins and free radicals. Dark chocolate is known to have more antioxidants then blueberries and even acai berries.
The flavanols in the cocoa (natural compounds found in plants) can help line the arteries and produce nitic oxide. Nitric oxide is well known to increase blood flow and even lower blood pressure, however, these effects are only mild.
Observational studies suggest that dark chocolate can even reduce the risk of heart disease. Yet there is still limited research on the topic.
Other studies seem to suggest that cocoa improved cognitive function in people with mental impairments.
Unfortunately, there are many kilojoules in dark chocolate with 1100kJ for every 50 grams. This more than twice than 50 grams of potato chips, which only has 500kJ. While dark chocolate has many health benefits, it’s best to enjoy it moderately. It’s recommended that three squares (20 grams) is enough to eat each day.