Contrary to popular belief, chocolate can actually be good for you, especially dark chocolate. Unlike milk & white chocolate, most dark chocolate isn’t processed and highly sweetened. So, you’re probably wondering how do you tell which dark chocolate is ‘healthier’? Well a general rule of thumb we follow is that the higher the Cocoa content there is, the less room for unhealthy additives.
Why is dark chocolate considered healthier?
- Possible Cancerous prevention – whilst is may seem completely bonkers, studies have found dark chocolate to have attributes which can prevent cancer.
- Lower blood pressure & improved blood flow – the flavanols found in dark chocolate have been linked with improving the health of a heart by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow. There is even some indication that may have similar properties to Viagra…
- Cholesterol control – the cocoa polyphenols found in dark chocolate may impact cholesterol control. Some studies have shown that when dark chocolate is consumed over a number of days, ‘bad’ cholesterol decreases, and ‘good’ cholesterol has increased.
- Improved cognitive function – flavanol rich cocoa is associated with improved cognitive function because of the improved blood flow to the cerebral grey matter. Wine and tea have also been associated with improved blood flow because they’re flavonoid-rich.
- Antioxidant-rich – because of the flavanol and polyphenol content, dark chocolate has been related to super fruits such as cranberries and blueberries.
Next time your considering whether or not you should have eaten that dark chocolate bar, just remember there are numerous reasons you should have!