Sweet Health: The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Posted on Jan 29, 2018


If you’re looking for a snack that tastes great and is good for you, too, then consider dark chocolate. Of course, everything in moderation… but with dark chocolate, at least you’ll know there are several health benefits, making it a worthy indulgence.

Considering the average American eats 12 pounds of chocolate per year, and you’re probably one of these people, you should make the majority of those 12 pounds chocolate of the dark variety. Here’s why…

First, dark chocolate is known for its free radical fighting ability thanks to its antioxidants. Imagine there’s a war going on inside your body– free radicals want to damage your innards while antioxidants neutralize those free radicals, preventing problems. Dark chocolate has two powerful antioxidants– flavonoids and polyphenols– and that’s a very good thing.

Some people consider dark chocolate as a cancer-fighting food. That’s because of the aforementioned flavonoids.

Also, the main type of flavonoids found in dark chocolate are flavanols– these have a good effect on your heart, lowering blood pressure while improving blood flow to both the heart and brain. Furthermore, flavanols can reduce your risk of blood clotting and strokes.

Are you looking to boost your focus and memory? Well, eating dark chocolate can help do that, thanks to flavanols. And polyphenols help lower your blood pressure and decrease your resting blood sugar.

If you’re worried about cholesterol, know this: dark chocolate isn’t too good and it isn’t too bad– it’s a nice neutral when it comes to your overall cholesterol profile. Some studies suggest eating dark chocolate regularly actually helps increase your good cholesterol and reduce your bad cholesterol.

When you’re at the store looking over the chocolate section, it’s best to buy dark chocolate with a cacao content of at least 70 percent. Why? Well, at that rate the chocolate has the most antioxidants and the least amount of sugar. If it says “fair trade” or “organic” cocoa/cacao beans on the label, that’s ideal. Cocoa butter is a good additional ingredient, while palm/hydrogenated/coconut oil(s) ingredients are best avoided.

Finally, look for dark chocolate that’s just minimally processed plain dark chocolate– when marshmallows and caramel are added, for instance, that can mitigate the benefits of eating it.

Submit a Comment

Lakewoods Chiropractic
Lakewoods Chiropractic
368 Google reviews
Matthew Rivard
Matthew Rivard
April 20, 2022.
Great place to come
Read more
Alejandra A
Alejandra A
April 11, 2022.
Hi everyone I definitely recommend this forest lake chiropractic clinic. I has been coming for about a week and I felt so much better and so happy with the service. I really recommend to everybody whom has any problem with spine and neck
Read more
nonye harcourt
nonye harcourt
April 5, 2022.
I love the care I have received so far. Friendly staff that do an awesome job with keeping me on track with my care and follow. Also the fact that I go in and out in less than 15mins with no long wait is awesome.
Read more
Samantha Jensen
Samantha Jensen
March 31, 2022.
Great place to heal!! Exceeded my expectations. My only complaint is I didn't come sooner!! After seeing three doctors with a solution of cortisone injections in my back it was time to try something more natural. While I've always understood the importance of chiropractic care I've never fully tried it. Everything they have done here is tailored for me! I started feeling better by the 3rd adjustment! I haven't taken a single pain med! Praise God!! Don't wait to get the care you need!! I wish I hadn't. Five stars and more!! Bonus....I was given all the equipment I need to do my stretches at home along with an in depth nutritional support system! Amazing!
Read more
merry gendreau
merry gendreau
March 26, 2022.
Dr.Gerard is an amazing chiropractor. I've had incredible experience and results from him for many back/neck injuries from years ago, and just general health care. Thank you for all your help and hard work for making life easier and happier for myself. God Bless.
Read more
Dan Schmoll
Dan Schmoll
March 22, 2022.
Great staff, very friendly and informative. Affordable compared to competition.
Read more
Deborah Falkowski
Deborah Falkowski
March 16, 2022.
Excellent staff, great service, friendly doctors
Read more
Deana Walsh
Deana Walsh
March 2, 2022.
Wonderful relief from decades of gymnastics and coaching gymnastics! Try this place out…for sure!
Read more
Byron Griffin
Byron Griffin
February 24, 2022.
Great staffing and care team!!!
Read more
MaeAnna LaFavor
MaeAnna LaFavor
February 24, 2022.
This place is wonderful! Staff is very kind and helpful. The facility is clean and upbeat. I have no more back pain or migraines.
Read more