5 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
5 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate Benefits—too good to be true, but still true.
Have you ever looked at a dessert or a plate of fried food and thought, “ Why can’t the best foods be good for you?” If you haven’t-then congratulations on being an anomaly that loves all things healthy. Over here, we have cravings, we have NEEDS. and we know we aren’t the only one’s who get an uncontrollable sweet tooth that must be answered. Well, Team...There’s some good news for us, dark chocolate seems to be a delicious loophole in the food that’s good for ya realm. Deep, sweet, and just a little tiny bit sour, dark chocolate seems to be a superfood of its own that you should highly consider adding into your wellness routine. Here are five reasons, or excuses, to put dark chocolate on your shelf and in your mouth.
The findings of a small 2018 study suggest that the flavonols that dark chocolate benefits may help increase neuroplasticity in our brains—meaning our brain’s ability to reorganize itself in response to injury, disease and ageing. (Let’s add another sentence or 2 about Brain function and chocolate here)
Most healthy dark chocolate is high in flavonols, a particular subtype of flavonoids. Flavonols are associated with lowering the risk of heart disease. Some studies suggest that cocoa consumption helps lower the risk of insulin resistance and high blood pressure in adults. Dark chocolate is recommended to people with diabetes above any other kind of chocolate, especially if it has a higher content of cocoa and a lower sugar volume.
Alongside flavonol, dark chocolate contains polyphenol and other types of antioxidants. In fact, the antioxidant capacity in dark chocolate is significantly higher than what’s found in cranberries, blueberries, and acai. Antioxidants play an important role in helping the body protect itself and recover from the damage of free radicals. Free radicals are compounds found in the environment and processed foods that do damage to our cells and their ability to function properly. Lucky for us, the antioxidants found in dark cocoa can help neutralize these cellular pollutants before they do damage to the body. With Fx Chocolate Superfood you can get the best of both worlds—dark chocolate and antioxidant-packed blueberries—in one bite. Your tastebuds, skin and cells, will thank you.
Dark chocolate contains bioactive compounds that can improve blood flow, which in turn helps the skin maintain it’s texture, hydration, density, and radiance along with protecting it from sun damage. You know all those people that have amazing skin? It’s cuz they eat tons of chocolate. True story. We kid, but blood flow is real and why not add chocolate to your complexion game.
It may seem too good to believe, but research suggests that dark chocolate may play a role in controlling appetite. Neuroscientist Will Clower, PhD, wrote a book called Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight, which describes how eating a bit of chocolate before or after meals triggers specific hormones in your brain that signal you’re full. Chocolate also behaves like a prebiotic (not it’s a more common cousin, probiotics) a type of fiber that encourages good bacteria to grow in your gut. A healthy gut allows your body to better absorb nutrients and support a healthy metabolism.
Turns out, eating right and taking care of your body isn’t just a hopeless landscape of green juices and low-carb bread substitutes. Some of nature’s true gifts come disguised as chocolate. Whether you’re a master of your wellness journey or at the starting line, it’s nice to know that good for you, doesn’t always taste it.