The Surprising Benefits of Dark Chocolate


M.Verkerk, J.J.G.Claessens

Delicious (and healthy) Dark Chocolate

It’s hard to believe, but the studies are in: eaten in moderation, dark chocolate can actually be good for you. According to the, dark chocolate contains a variety of Flavonoids, Antioxidants, and Flavanols that are all good at protecting the body’s cardiovascular system.

According to the, “And following their remarkable discovery, the U.S. researchers have developed a recipe for a new chocolate bar that cannot only help concentration –but also lower blood pressure. It has long been known that chocolate is a vasodilator, meaning that it widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure in the long run.”

Some may think of chocolate as just another bad influence going into your body, because the sugar will eventually turn to fat; but only if you consume too much of it. In order for a person to receive the benefits of eating dark chocolate, you need to go through 100 grams of it per day. You can shorten the chances of getting cardiovascular disease by 21 percent, and it helps reduce blood clotting in your arteries.

Just remember, that not all dark chocolate is the same. Some brands might abandon the cacao and replace it with artificial ingredients. For the right chocolate bar, go for the more organic and natural brands containing at least 60 percent cacao.

Dark chocolate is not only a tasty delicacy, but it’s a super-food! It soothes your cravings, makes a good afternoon snack, and it can actually help your body in the long run.