Do you find yourself constantly fantasizing about chocolate? Stop dreaming and grab yourself a chunk of dark chocolate! Studies have proven that dark chocolate is actually a healthier sweet treat, if consumed in moderation. Here are three reasons you should not feel guilty about eating dark chocolate:
- Stress less - A study performed by the National Institutes of Health, found that females who consumed 40g of chocolate during a 2-week period, reported to be not as stressed after eating chocolate. Eating chocolate also, triggers natural endorphins that make eaters feel happier.
- Improved heart health - According to researchers, the flavonoids in dark chocolate can lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. Chocoholics can also rejoice, as researchers have found that habitual chocolate eaters have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and strokes in comparison to people who don’t eat chocolate.
- Promotes weight loss - According to researchers from the University of Copenhagen, dark chocolate promotes satiety and suppresses the desire for something sweet. Participants reported that they also felt fuller after consuming dark chocolate than after eating milk chocolate.
Why is dark chocolate so much healthier than milk chocolate?
Dark chocolate has less added sugar and fat, which improves the overall nutritional value. Also, dark chocolate is higher in cocoa powder, making it higher in nutrients including iron, and magnesium. Although dark chocolate is healthier, it is important to consume it in moderation.
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This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.