8 Good reasons to eat dark chocolate

8 Good reasons to eat dark chocolate

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Ingredients: 100 gr honey instead of sugar, 250 gr brown rice flour, white eggs, 100 gr light cream cheese and 30 gr dark chocolate, 15 gr baking powder. 

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Eating dark chocolate has so many benefits and we wanted to share this very interesting article that summaries all of the them in details.

 

Scientific studies have shown that dark chocolate— sorry, milk and white chocolate don’t count — is rich in anitioxidants and packed with nutrients, making this bittersweet treat a super choice.

To avoid weight gain, it is recommended to eat no more than 28 gr per day of dark chocolate per day. 

Here 8 benefits:

1. It May Help With Weight Loss

Eating chocolate every day probably seems like the last way to lose weight, but research suggests dark chocolate may play a role in controlling appetite, which in turn could help with weight loss. Neuroscientist Will Clower, PhD, wrote a whole book on the subject called Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight, which describes how eating a bit of dark chocolate before or after meals triggers hormones that signal to the brain you’re full. Of course, eating more than the recommended amount per day can counteract any potential weight loss.

2. It's Good for Your Skin 

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health lists vitamins and minerals dark chocolate is packed full of — like copper, iron, and magnesium, to name a few — that are also beneficial to your skin. Manganese, for example, supports the production of collagen, a protein that helps keep skin looking young and healthy. 

3. It May Help Prevent Heart Disease and Lower the Risk of Stroke

One of the biggest benefits that researchers tout is the role dark chocolate may play in improving heart health. A meta-analysis of eight studies on the link between chocolate consumption and cardiovascular disease, published in July 2015 in the journal Heart, found that people who ate more chocolate per day had a lower risk of both heart diseases and stroke.

4. It May Improve Cognition, Prevent Memory Loss, and Boost Your Mood

No, it’s not your imagination — studies show consuming high concentrations of dark chocolate may benefit your brain. Joy DuBost, PhD, RD, a nutrition spokesperson and owner of Dubost Food & Nutrition Solutions, says research has shown chocolate stimulates neural activity in areas of the brain associated with pleasure and reward, which in turn decreases stress and improves your mood.

5. It Could Improve Blood Sugar Levels, and Reduce the Risk of Developing Diabetes

Eating chocolate every day doesn’t sound like the best way to prevent diabetes, but studies have shown healthy amounts of dark chocolate rich in cacao could actually improve how the body metabolises glucose.

6. It Fights Free Radicals and May Play a Role in Cancer Prevention

Evidence that dark chocolate possesses properties that could help protect people from certain types of cancer is limited but growing. Antioxidants protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules thought to be responsible for aging and disease, per an article published in January 2015 in the Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry.

 7. It May Send Good Cholesterol up, Bad Cholesterol Down

Dark chocolate is also touted as a cholesterol-lowering food. A handful of almonds, dark chocolate, and unsweetened cocoa showed a significant drop in low-density lipoproteins (LDL), also known as “bad” cholesterol, which in high amounts can clog arteries, in a study published in November 2017 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

8.  IT is Nutritious 

On top of all the other potential benefits, one thing is for sure: Dark chocolate contains a ton of nutrients. Of course, the darker the chocolate the better, but any 70 percent dark chocolate or higher contains antioxidants, fiberpotassium, calcium, copper, and magnesium, according to a study published in the journal Antioxidants & Redox Signaling

 

 

Source: 

https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-and-nutrition-pictures/delicious-reasons-to-eat-dark-chocolate.aspx