Did you know that quality dark chocolate is rich in iron, fiber, magnesium and other minerals?
SOURCE OF POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS DARK CHOCOLATE IS FULL OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS THAT ARE BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE AND ACT AS ANTIOXIDANTS. THEY INCLUDE FLAVANOLS, POLYPHENOLS AND CATECHINS TO NAME A FEW.
Take the approach of ‘a little goes a long way’ when it comes to nibbling on your stolen splendor of dark chocolate ecstasy.
What to look for when buying quality dark chocolate.
NUTRITIOUS AND DELICIOUS
Next time you have a hankering for that chocolate fix, be sure to check out the nutrition factor of the bar you are about to splurge on. Look for a 70-85% cocoa. When it comes to fiber (that’s a good thing) 11 grams is a great number to go by. Speaking of iron, magnesium and other vital minerals we add while not even realizing it, a whopping daily value of 67% for iron, 89% dv for copper and 58% for magnesium, just to name few fun nutritional facts. Of course, these come with a calorie value too. A 3.5 ounce bar can be worth 600 calories and moderate amounts of sugar. So remember, it’s a good thing, but consume in moderation.
CHOLESTEROL LOWERING POWER
That’s right, you heard it here, dark chocolate has the ability to improve your LDL (bad) cholesterol in men. It has also been known to increase HDL (good) and lowered total LDL for people with high cholesterol readings. Dark chocolate has a high abundance of powerful antioxidants that make it into the bloodstream, protecting lipoproteins against oxidative damage.
In several long-term studies the compounds in dark chocolate appear to be highly protective against the oxidation that occurs in your blood and lowering the LDL and increasing HDL which improves insulin sensitivity. Also, in some long-term studies, it has shown fairly drastic improvements in the cholesterol protecting the arteries from being blocked, lowering your risk of heart disease.
While on the subject of all the good reasons to eat dark chocolate, we also the benefit of being great for your skin. The flavanols protect against sun damage, improving the flow of blood to your skin, increasing the skins density and hydration! Not bad, when you thought chocolate wasn’t good!
What to take away from this? Eat more dark chocolate in moderate amounts to get the most benefits.