Most people would agree (and most of them fervently!) that good chocolate is deeply satisfying. It fills a physical need, tames those irrepressible chocolate cravings and gets that little voice in the back of your head to stop repeating “I want chocolate!” But did you know it can be good for your health?
Chocolate is good for your heart.
Eating dark chocolate, two or three times a week, can help lower your blood pressure and improve circulation. Because of its high levels of polyphenols, it can also help prevent the formation of blood clots and hardening of the arteries.
Chocolate is good for your mood.
Chocolate contains several natural compounds that can improve your mood. It contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel intense pleasure, like you’re falling in love. It encourages your brain to release endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, so eating dark chocolate naturally lifts your spirits.
Chocolate contains vitamins and minerals
Several nutrients your body needs for optimum health are contained in chocolate. Iron, potassium, magnesium and copper are all found in high concentrations in dark chocolate.
Chocolate is good for your brain
Chocolate can help to naturally improve cognitive function and reduce your risk of stroke because of its ability to increase blood flow to the brain and inhibit clotting.
Dark chocolate helps control blood sugar
Dark chocolate has a low glycemic index. It also helps to keep your blood vessels and circulation healthy, protecting against Type 2 diabetes.