What Are the Health Benefits of Chocolate?
If you love chocolate, you will be happy to know that chocolate does have some health benefits. While there are some positive aspects of chocolate, you should be aware that chocolate is still high in calories, sugar and fat that can do damage to your diet if you eat it too often.
Chocolate has powerful antioxidants, which are known as flavonoids. Chocolate also contains magnesium. These nutrients can help to reduce your blood pressure levels and may also reduce the risks of stroke and heart disease. Dark chocolate is considered to be the form of chocolate that is highest in nutrients. Dark chocolate has twice the levels of flavonoids when compared with milk chocolate.
Milk chocolate is considered to be less nutritious also because the added milk can prevent that body from absorbing the flavonoids. If you want to get the benefits of the flavonoids and enjoy the flavor of chocolate, you should opt for dark chocolate that has at cacao content of 70 percent or more.
Dark chocolate is beneficial for your health. However, that doesn’t mean that you should eat as much as possible. Even dark chocolate has sugar, fat and calories that are not going to help you stay slim if you overeat. So whenever you eat dark chocolate, watch how you eat it. The best dark chocolate is free of other fats, such as palm oil, milk fat and coconut oil. You should eat dark chocolate that only has cocoa butter in it. Cocoa butter does not raise your blood cholesterol like the other fats do.
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