3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Let’s examine the health benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate can be a healthy treat, as part of a balanced diet. Dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants and can offer numerous benefits when enjoyed in moderation.
Here are 3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
1. Rich in Nutrients. Choose a dark chocolate that is low in added sugar with a high cocoa content, of at least 70%. Quality dark chocolate is rich in fiber, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium. However, it does contain moderate amounts of caffeine and saturated fat, so again, it is best enjoyed as a treat.
2. Rich in Antioxidants. Antioxidants in food potentially disarm free radicals, which can cause damage in the body. Dark chocolate is full of organic compounds that function as antioxidants, such as flavanols and polyphenols. The antioxidants in dark chocolate may help reduce the risk for heart disease.
3. May be Heart Healthy. If you are looking for a treat that might be good for your heart, look no further. In several studies, dark chocolate appeared to lower LDL, or “bad cholesterol” and raised “HDL”, or good cholesterol” and improved insulin sensitivity. Insulin resistance is risk factor of many diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
There is considerable evidence that cocoa can provide many health benefits, and dark chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 70% is the best choice. Enjoyed in moderation, dark chocolate offers nutrients, antioxidants and can satisfy a sweet tooth.
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Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach