Dark chocolate and its benefits
When we speak of dark chocolates, it is typically those that have 70% and above of cocoa content. Of course, the more percentage the better but that would mean the more bitter it will be.
Good for your heart
It may help to lower heart diseases as the rich flavonoid antioxidants are said to protect against cardiovascular diseases by raising good (HDL) cholesterol and lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol.
Boost mental clarity and mood
It may help to lift your mood, raise mental processing and boost memory. That is the reason why when you some of your friends going through a rather sad period of their life, they will tend to find comfort by stuffing themselves with chocolates.
Free radical protectant
As mentioned, dark chocolates are rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols that protect the body and cells from free radical damage.
Good for gut health
It is a beneficial prebiotic which serves as food for the good bacteria or probiotics in our gut.
Helps with weight management
If you are looking to lose weight, dark chocolates may help, as it can act as an appetite suppressant, preventing you to eat more than you need.
Aids diabetes management
It may help prevent and manage the chronic illness through improving of insulin sensitivity in the body.
Protects the skin from UV rays
It also protects the skin from the ravages of UV rays from the sun as it is rich in sun protecting antioxidants known as phenol and catechins. In fact, chocolate has 4 times more of these antioxidants than green tea.
Affordable and accessible
Last but not least, dark chocolates are affordable and very easy to purchase from your neighbourhood supermarkets.
A word of advice
Read the labels when choosing, always remember to choose dark chocolate that has more than 70% cocoa content. White chocolate, milk chocolate or those that have high amounts of sugar should not be considered. Even for dark chocolates, consume in moderation at about 20 to 30 g a day.
By : Alvin Ho
B (Eng), MBA, Certified Allied Healthcare/Fitness Professional (EIMS), Master Fitness Trainer / Fitness Nutrition, Resistance & Endurance Training Specialist (NFPT)