We often hear about the negative effect chocolate can have on our bodies, but we don’t often hear about the health benefits that chocolate has. Of course, chocolate can be bad for you if you eat it in large amounts, but chocolate in moderation can have its benefits.
- Lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure: ‘’Chocolate may support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure.” This is because it reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which is also known as bad cholesterol.
- Improve blood flow to the brain: ‘’Scientists at Harvard Medical School have suggested that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help keep the brain healthy and reduce memory decline in older people.’’ This is because chocolate can reduce or prevent damage to the nerve pathways in the brain and studies are being done to see the effects of this in reducing diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- Reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke: Studies have shown that eating chocolate can reduce the risks of developing heart disease and stroke
Dark chocolate is nutritious containing high amounts of fibre, iron and magnesium while containing the least amount of sugar of any other chocolate. Dark chocolate contains a good source for anti-oxidants.
So which is better- light or dark chocolate? Light or milk chocolate producers claim that their chocolate is healthier because it contains more milk which means more calcium. Dark chocolate producers claim that their chocolate has higher iron content and levels of antioxidants. The nutrients in a chocolate bar vary depending on the manufacturer so it is always best to check the nutritional information before purchasing. Usually organic dark chocolate has the benefits of less sugar and more cocoa which means there should be more antioxidants.
Chocolate provides us with many benefits and it’s enjoyable to eat, so if you are not on any restricted diet plan ,then why not enjoy it? In moderation of course!