Dark Chocolate: See Why This Superfood is SO Incredibly Good for You!
Okay, let me first say that milk and white chocolate doesn't count – it's Dark Chocolate we're talking about here and it's incredibly nutritious, not to mention so delicious! I eat a piece of it every day rated at 85 % – and that number means by weight how much of the bar is made from pure cacao beans as well as cocoa butter to add flavor. Now the higher the number, the more bitter and less sweet it is, but also the lower in sugar and carbs it is. It's got numerous healthy benefits that are mind blowing! Just check out what makes this an honest to goodness superfood...
Now a bar that is at 70% dark chocolate or higher is rich in nutrients and antioxidants and contains potassium, fiber, magnesium, copper and calcium. But it is also known for lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol! Cocoa butter has oleic acid, which is the same monounsaturated fat that is in olive oil.
Now for those with diabetes or heart disease, dark chocolate can reduce resistance to insulin. A study that included 470 men showed that in over 15 years it can lower the risk of death by 50% from heart disease which is fantastic! Some studies show that it can actually improve how your system metabolizes glucose.
The amazing dark chocolate may also lower your blood pressure! It can stimulate the lining of the arteries which helps to reduce blood pressure. And a 2015 study found that those who ate it more than 5 times per week not only had a 57% less risk of heart disease but had a lower risk of stroke as well.
Now get this... it can also put you in a better mood! Dark Chocolate stimulates areas in your brain that produce pleasure which can improve your mood. A 2018 study showed that high levels of flavonoids in this super food gathered in certain parts of the brain that effected learning and memory. And, research shows that dark chocolate can actually control your appetite!
And finally... a GOOD dark chocolate will never have sugar listed as the very 1st ingredient - sugar should always be listed below the cocoa ingredients. So, I know that I'm having the dessert that is so good for you... how about you?
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