The Secret of Dark Chocolate

We have all heard people say dark chocolate is good for you, but that always seems a little too good to be true. How can something so delicious also be good for you? Turns out, there are some great benefits to eating a little bit of chocolate everyday. In fact, it can improve your health and actually reduce your risk for heart disease.

The actually make-up of dark chocolate is healthy when its quality with high cocoa content. According to Authority Nutrition, a 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-80% cocoa contains 11 grams of fiber, 67% of the RDA for Iron, 58% of the RDA for Magnesium, 89% of the RDA for Copper, 98% of the RDA for Manganese, and also some potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium for good measure. In total, that would be 600 calories. A little bit of this daily would be great nutrients for you body.

Plus, dark chocolate provide the body with great amounts of antioxidants. It also has flavanols that help stimulate your body into producing gases that lower blood pressure. Overall, it greatly reduces your risk for heart disease by raising HDLs and protecting LDL from oxidations. Essentially, it promotes good cholesterol and discourages bad. Then, in some cases, brain function can also be enhanced.

Finally, dark chocolate can actually protect you skin from sun damage. Bioactive compounds such as the flavonols help increase skin density and hydration, and it has been proven to reduce sunburn. Perhaps, you should take some dark chocolate with you to the beach.

All of this said, nothing is good in excess. Eating too much dark chocolate will still be bad for you. However, instead of an apple a day will keep the doctor away, try a piece of dark chocolate away will keep the doctor away. And as far as your dentist is concerned, just make sure to brush you teeth afterwards!

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