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The benefits of dark chocolate

Author: FITivate | Published date: July 8, 2021 | Category: Nutrition

It's good for your heart

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 (1).

It boosts mental clarity and your mood

Think more clearly and be happier with dark chocolate!
It may help to lift mood, help raise the mental processing and boost memory (2). 

Free radical protectant

Rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols that protect the body from free radical.

Good for your gut

May help with gut health, mimics the effect of prebiotics and probiotics in the system and high in fiber (3).

Weight management

May help with weight management as it helps in controlling the appetite

Aid for diabetes

May help prevent and manage diabetes through improving of insulin sensitivity in the body (4).

Nutritious

Very nutritious as it is rich in minerals.

Improves skin

Improves skin condition and protect from harmful effects of the UV rays from the sun (5).

Affordable

Easy to purchase and very inexpensive

Read the labels when choosing

  • Always remember to choose dark chocolate that has more than 75% 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.

References

1.https://heart.bmj.com/content/101/16/1279

2.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/nure.12065

3.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3566565/

4.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5699188/

5.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16702322

By : Alvin Ho

B (Eng), MBA, Certified Allied Healthcare/Fitness Professional (EIMS), Master Fitness Trainer / Fitness Nutrition, Resistance & Endurance Training Specialist (NFPT)

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