Dark chocolate is good for your health!

Le 12 April 2017

As Easter approaches, we are all subject to the temptation of chocolate which surrounds us throughout April. So what’s to be done, succumb or resist? You'll find that there is no easy answer for chocolate, because the higher the cocoa content, the better it is for health. But what are the benefits for our health exactly, for those of us who are fans of milk chocolate or even white chocolate, abstaining only since cocoa-rich dark chocolate is good for health. 

1)    Dark chocolate is good for the morale.
First of all, dark chocolate is rich in magnesium (112mg per 100g). Magnesium helps combat stress and anxiety. This mineral is also very effective in the prevention of type 2 diabetes by contributing to the proper use of glucose and to the activity of insulin, for high blood pressure and combating heart disease. Chocolate also contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid, which is transformed into serotonin when absorbed by the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which plays a key role in well-being because it produces a feeling of restfulness and healing.Chocolate is therefore a wonderful remedy for overcoming the daily blues. 

2)    Dark chocolate is good for combating bad cholesterol.
Dark chocolate is rich in flavenoids, and their actions are all beneficial to our body since they limit the appearance of “bad cholesterol”. But that’s not all, since they also dilate blood vessels by favouring it.Finally, the anti-oxidant action of flavenoids limits the concentration of “bad cholesterol” that certain proteins tend to leave out and which participate in clogged arteries.  

3)    Dark chocolate helps to lower blood pressure.
Consuming 6 grams of dark chocolate per day (2 squares) reduces blood pressure as it is rich in polyphenol. According to a study published in the journal JAMA, accessible here, such consumption leads to a reduction in systolic and diastolic pressure. It was conducted in the Cologne Hospital with 44 adults between 56 and 73, having average blood pressure of 147/86. The patients were administered an 18-week regime based on 6g of dark chocolate per day and the results were quite impressive. Their propensity to high blood pressure was reduced by 18%, from 86% to 68%.It’s even more impressive when we consider that it was not the case for the control group who was offered white chocolate, which does not have polyphenol. 

Eating dark chocolate can therefore provide many benefits to your health. However, be careful, since chocolate is also very rich in fat. It should be eaten in moderation and choose organic dark chocolate containing less than 70% of cocoa, since it has less sugar and does not contain milk. 

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