The common perception is that consumption of chocolate is bad for our health. However, that is not entirely true. It depends on the type of chocolate and the amount consumed at a time. The fact remains that anything taken in excess is bad for our health but some things taken in moderation, might actually be very helpful.
Studies have shown that ‘Dark Chocolate’ is actually loaded with antioxidants known as ‘flavanoids’ that are extremely good for our health and skin. Dark chocolate is made from the seed of the cocoa tree which is one of the greatest sources of antioxidants on the planet. We know that antioxidants help to fight free radicals in our body that cause all sorts of diseases.
BENEFITS OF DARK CHOCOLATE
- Weight loss: Surprised? Well, research has shown that dark chocolate offers a feeling of satiety than other chocolate colors. Consuming just a little fills you up and could help you stick to your diet routine
- Cough relief: Studies have shown that dark chocolate relieves cough almost as effectively as Codeine without the drowsy side effect. Dark chocolates also contain a chemical known as ‘Theobromine’ responsible for the feel-good effect we get from chocolate, but also suppresses a part of the brain known as the ‘vagus nerve’ where incessant coughing arises. ‘Theobromine’ is also found in cola nuts.
- Stroke reduction: ‘Flavanoids’ in dark chocolates help to reduce the risks of Stroke and keeps the blood cholesterol level in check
- Skin protection: ‘Flavanoids’ provide protection against harmful UV rays of the sun and ultimately prevents sunburns
- Improves mood: When dark chocolate is consumed, ‘Endorphins’ are produced by brain cells. They are responsible for relaxation and mood improvement
Despite the health benefits of consuming Dark chocolate, it should not be taken in excess; and the quality/type of dark chocolate is very important. Dark chocolates with a minimum of 70% cocoa content are the healthiest. The daily recommended consumption is a maximum of 2 small squares. It might sound little but remember that dark chocolate fills you up very quickly and this could be a good way to curb a ‘sweet tooth’.