Chocolate is made from the seeds of the tropical cocoa tree. Chocolates are incredibly popular among millions across the world! Why not? It has such a unique, rich and sweet taste, that it is unmatchable! Did you know that chocolates are a powerhouse of antioxidants too? It is loaded with nutrients and is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.
- 100 grams of a dark chocolate bar contains 80-85% cocoa and has 11 grams of fibre.
- It gives 57% of Required Dietary Allowance (RDA) of magnesium, 90% RDA of copper, 98% RDA of manganese.
- Dark chocolates contain plenty of zinc, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.
- Nutritionally dark chocolates are low in sugar content and high in antioxidants. Milk chocolates contain saturated fats and large amounts of sugar.
- Approximately 30-40 grams of dark chocolate per day isvrecommended.
- One can choose a dark chocolate over milk/white chocolate. As dark chocolates contain more than 70% cocoa. A very healthy component “flavonoids” is removed while making commercial milk chocolates.
Scientifically established health benefits of cocoa-rich chocolate
Superfood for the brain
Dark chocolates are the new brain’s superfood! British psychologists have found that flavonoids present in the dark chocolate improve mental health and memory. Many doctors have also observed that dark chocolate is beneficial in treating brain injuries. Chocolates contain a compound called phenylethylamine (PEA). This is similar to the chemical that brain produces when you are in love. This compound encourages your brain to release more feel-good hormones called endorphins, helping manage stress.
Dark chocolatesare packed with antioxidants which in turn reduces inflammation. This helps improve cardiovascular functions. Many studies prove that there is a reduction in risk of stroke with the controlled consumption of chocolate.
Good for expectant mothers
A Finland study claims that chocolates are beneficial for expectant mothers and their babies. Flavonoids present in dark chocolates reduces stress and incidence of pre-eclampsia in new mothers. Another interesting discovery was that, babies of such mothers smiled more often than babies of non-chocolate eating parents.
Management of diabetes
As crazy as it may sound, dark chocolate in moderation prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes. Flavonoids present in cocoa help reduce insulin resistance.
Dark chocolates are very good for skin and you must have also heard this at your beauty centre. They are right! The flavonoids in the dark chocolate protect your skin from sun damage and are also anti-ageing-aging agents.
Whatever your reason could be, do not hesitate to relish on a dark chocolate cube! Do not forget to share your chocolate bar with your friends. It tastes better when shared and this way you can keep a check on your calories too!
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