Indeed we have entered that time of the year when people practice their creativity in showing affection to their beloved, and even in this era of electronic mail and text messages, the act of giving the person you love chocolates hasn’t yet been considered a thing of the past. Why should it be, when chocolate is one of the best things in the universe?
It’s not as thrilling for the health conscious, however, to receive a lot of chocolate for Valentine’s, but there is always that option to send your loved one the healthy kind: dark chocolate. Recently, it has been discovered that eating dark chocolate could be beneficial to one’s health as well! Let’s see these facts:
Fact #1: Dark chocolate is good for your heart.
According to some studies, eating a small amount of dark chocolate twice or thrice a week may help lower your blood pressure. This is because dark chocolate improves blood flow, and additionally helps prevent blood clots to form. Having dark chocolate every now and then is also found to possibly help prevent hardening of the arteries or arteriosclerosis.
Fact#2: Dark chocolate is good for your brain.
Dark chocolate contains several chemical compounds that can create a positive effect on an individual’s mood. It contains phenylethylamine, or PEA. It is the very same chemical our brains create in the midst of feeling in love, and PEA makes the brain release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate can make a person happier. A mild stimulant, caffeine, may also be found in dark chocolate.
Fact#3: Dark chocolate is high in vitamins & minerals.
Dark chocolate contains high concentrations of potassium, copper, magnesium and iron. Copper and potassium help prevent against cardiovascular ailments and stroke while the iron fights against iron deficiency anemia. Meanwhile, the magnesium helps us avoid type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Fact#4: Dark chocolate has theobromine.
Theobromine, known to harden the tooth enamel, is also found in dark chocolate. This means that unlike other sweets, dark chocolate lowers one’s risk of getting cavities. (Of course you would still need to practice good oral hygiene for best results.)
Fact#5: Dark chocolate helps control blood sugar levels.
Flavonoids in dark chocolate help reduce insulin resistance, helping yours cells function normally so that it will regain the ability to use the body’s insulin efficiently. Additionally, dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, and wouldn’t cause your blood sugar levels to spike.
Fact#6: Dark chocolate has a lot of antioxidants.
Antioxidants help your body get rid of free radicals which cause damage to cells. Free radicals can also speed up the aging process as well as cause some cancers, so eating food with a lot of antioxidants can slow an individual’s aging process as well as protect them from cancer.
While we have listed several advantages to consuming dark chocolate, you should also bear in mind that chocolate is high in fat. It’s always wise to still keep track of your calorie intake to keep yourself a healthy, balanced person.
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