Dark chocolate is emerging as a favorite treat for health-conscious people with a sweet tooth — and for good reason! Dark chocolate tastes great, and its growing popularity means your local grocery store probably stocks several brands to choose from. If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll also love these health benefits.
5 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
1. Lower in Sugar
Dark chocolate contains more cacao and less sugar than milk chocolate. If you’re trying to avoid sugar but love chocolate, check your grocery store for 70% dark chocolate or greater to satisfy your craving without blowing your diet.
2. High in Antioxidants
Foods rich in antioxidants help protect your body from free radicals that can damage blood vessels and cause cancer. Dark chocolate contains high levels of antioxidants. Some brands even contain more antioxidants than so-called “power foods” like acai berries and blueberries.
3. Packed With Nutrients
Iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese are among the vitamins and minerals you’ll find in a 70 to 85% dark chocolate bar. Even the fats in dark chocolate are better for you. While it’s high in fat content, the fat is primarily monounsaturated and comes from plants.
4. High in Flavonoids
Cacao is rich in flavonoids, which can regulate blood pressure and prevent heart disease. And you don’t need a plastic surgeon or a spa to enjoy younger looking skin — just your grocery store, because flavonoids are known to have anti-aging properties for your skin and brain.
5. Good for Cholesterol
A study on dark chocolate revealed that one week of eating dark chocolate reduced inflammation in women and improved lipid profiles in men and women. A lipid profile is the blood test your doctor performs to check for high cholesterol.
Don’t be afraid to indulge your chocolate craving in moderation, as long as you choose bars that are at least 70% cacao. Look for the brand that’s lowest in sugar for the maximum health benefit.
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