9 Ways 90 Days: 6 Reasons Why Dark Chocolate is a Good for You Superfood

by Melanie Albert, Nutrition & Food Expert, Author, Speaker, Founder & CEO Experience Nutrition Group

 Excerpt from book, “Enjoy Food & Life. 9 Ways 90 Days Step-by-step action plan for healthy eating & living.”

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9 Way 90 Days: Why Dark Chocolate is Good for You

 Why Dark Chocolate is Good for You

1. 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.
  • Eating dark chocolate may prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). 

2. Good for Your Brain

  • Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, so it can help improve cognitive function. Dark chocolate also helps reduce risk of stroke.
  • Dark chocolate also contains several chemical compounds that have a positive effect on your mood and cognitive health. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which encourages your brain to release endorphins, as a result eating dark chocolate may make you feel happier.
  • Dark chocolate contains caffeine, a mild stimulant. However, dark chocolate contains much less caffeine than coffee. A 1.5 ounce bar of dark chocolate contains 27 mg of caffeine, compared to the 200 mg found in an eight ounce cup of coffee.

3. Helps Control Blood Sugar

  • Dark chocolate helps keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes.
  • Flavonoids in dark chocolate help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently.
  • Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index and glycemic load, meaning it won’t cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

4. Full of 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.

5. Contains Theobromine

  • 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.

6. Dark Chocolate is High in Vitamins and Minerals

  • The copper and potassium in dark chocolate help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments.
  •  Iron in chocolate protects against iron deficiency anemia
  •  Magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

ACTION: Eat some good organic dark chocolate with 72% cocao. If dark chocolate is new to you, try it with 55%.

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