Sweet celebration! Dark chocolate is good for you! For decades, you’ve been told that chocolate is bad for you: it’s fattening, unhealthy, too many calories,causes pimples and bad skin. Those were just some of the things we were warned about when it comes to chocolate.
Well guess what? It sounds too good to be true, but, healthy dark chocolate, (not the chemical concoction that goes into the making of milk chocolate), really is true. A lot of research has been conducted on benefits of dark chocolate.
- Skin: Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that actually absorb the UV light, thus protecting your skin from sun damage and photo aging. You want to stay younger looking? Eat dark chocolate. Need to hydrate your skin? Dark chocolate will help you hydrate. Does this sound bad for your skin? I doubt it.
- Heart disease: The same flavonoids that protect your skin, also act as antioxidants, fighting free radicals that cause cell damage, leading to heart disease. These flavonoids also lower your blood pressure.
- Arteries: Helps restore flexibility to your arteries and prevents white blood cells from sticking to blood vessel walls
- Stroke: When you eat dark chocolate, the good microbes in your gut produce anti- inflammatory compounds, and when you reduce inflammation of cardio vascular tissue, you also greatly reduce the risk of stroke.
- Dark chocolate boosts production of feel-good endorphins and serotonin which acts as an anti- depressant.
- Healthy dark chocolate is rich in fiber and important minerals such as Copper, Iron and Magnesium
As wonderful as it sounds, here is a word of caution: chocolate is high in calories, and it is recommended to use it in moderation. No more than 100 grams. That comes packed with 600 calories, so daily intake is not recommended. Use it enough to benefit your health, and good, younger looking skin.