No, not Snickers, Twix or Reese’s but Dark Chocolate
Although most people prefer milk chocolate, the truth is that it does not have the healthy benefits to offer that dark chocolate does. The main reason is because dark chocolate contains higher levels of cocoa.
6 reasons to eat dark chocolate:
- Dark Chocolate is Heart Healthy: Eating dark chocolate two to three times a week may help lower blood pressure. It improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots and hardening of the arteries.
- Dark Chocolate is Brain Healthy: Eating dark chocolate can keep your mind sharp. Polyphenols in cocoa increase blood flow to the brain, which prevent us from age- related memory loss.
- Dark Chocolate is Diabetic Friendly: Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.
The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently.
- Dark Chocolate is Cancer friendly: it is loaded with antioxidants that protect you from many types of cancer.
- Dark Chocolate is Vitamin Rich: dark chocolate is packed with vitamins and minerals, which provide great health benefits.
It contains high concentrations of potassium, copper, magnesium and iron. Copper and potassium help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular disease. Iron against anemia, and magnesium helps prevent type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Dark Chocolate is s stress fighting food: It increases our level of serotonin and puts us in a better mood.
But remember, if you’re going to pick up a chocolate bar, choose dark chocolate, with at least 70 percent of cacao—to reap the health benefits.