1. It’s good for the heart and circulation & Chocolate may prevent cancer :
A recent study found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels – both common causes of artery clogging. Cocoa contains a compound called pentameric procyanidin, or pentamer, which disrupts cancer cells’ ability to spread. .
2.It reduces risk of stroke:
When the level of flavonoids called epicatechin is high in the body, your brain is protected from strokes. Researcher in Finland have found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke – by a staggering 17 per cent average in the group of men they tested. suggested that eating up to 100 grams of chocolate each day may be linked to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
3.It’s mineral rich:
Dark chocolate is Packed with beneficial minerals such as magnesium, copper, potassium, iron, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 per cent or more) choc provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron.
A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains: 1).11 grams of fiber. 2).67% of the RDA for Iron. 3).58% of the RDA for Magnesium. 4).89% of the RDA for Copper. 5).98% of the RDA for Manganese.
4. It reduces cholesterol:
Consumption of cocoa has been shown to reduce level of “Bad” cholesterol(LDL) and raise levels of “Good” cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.\
5.It’s good for your skin & Hair Loss :
Dark chocolate helps in keeping your skin healthy and glowing, without any flaw. The anti-oxidants present in it protect the skin from the damages caused by free radicals and keep your skin soft and supple. It delays the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on your face and makes it look young.\
6.It can help you lose weight:
Chocolate can help you lose weight really. Neuroscientist Will Clower says a small square of good choc melted on the tongue 20 minutes before a meal triggers the hormones in the brain that say “I’m full”, cutting the amount of food you subsequently consume. Finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking.
7. It’s good for mothers and babies:
A Finnish study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents. Good news for expectant mothers: eating 30 grams of chocolate every day during pregnancy might benefit fetal growth and development. This is the conclusion of a study presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
8.It may prevent diabetes:
It sounds mad, but cocoa has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. So dark chocolate – in moderation – might delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. Although dark chocolate is sweet to taste, it helps in controlling the level of sugar in your body. This is because the sugar in dark chocolate has a low glycemic index and therefore does not increase your blood sugar. Moreover, the flavonoids in them stimulate the action of insulin on sugar and helps in checking the sugar level.
9.Chocolate is good for the brain:
Flavonoids are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflammatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.
10. Chocolate makes you feel better & mood enhancer:
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.
The most delicious way to kick your cough, apparently, is chocolate. One of the sweet’s chemical components, theobromine, seems to reduce the activity of the vagus nerve, the part of the brain that triggers coughing fits. Scientists are even working on a cough-quelling drug that uses theobromine in place of codeine—a narcotic common in cough medicine.
Studies have also shown that the flavonoids in dark chocolate help to improve blood flow to the brain. This further helps improve eyesight also on account of better blood flow.
2).Review Article hearthealthy benefits of dark chocolate from Center for Successful Aging California State University, Fullerton.
3). Research Article Dark chocolate intake improves endothelial function in young healthy people a randomized and controlled trial from 1Department of Cardiopneumology, Superior College of Health Technology, Rua 5 de Outubro, S. Martinho do Bispo, Apartado 7006, 3046-854 Coimbra, Portugal. and Department of Cardiopneumology, Health Campus of the Methodist University, RuaNossaSenhora da Muxima, N.º 10, Luanda, Angola.