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Dark chocolate benefits-disadvantages

  How healthy is dark chocolate?

23 Benefits and Disadvantages

word-cloudFor centuries, chocolate has been one of the most widely bought sweet-tasting desserts in the world and dark chocolate is one of the healthier versions of this beloved dessert item. One thing that clouds this great attribute to this all-time favourite treat is the myth surrounding it that a food that tastes that good can be bad for the health. This has made chocolate one of the most enjoyed foods that can also be perceived as a danger to the your health. For this reason, many people are cautious about eating chocolate, especially those who are extremely conscious of their health particular around dark chocolate benefits-disadvantages.

Recent research has shown that chocolates, and in particular dark chocolate, might not be so bad after all. In fact, there are health benefits that are associated with chocolates that can be good for all  consumers. This is particularly true if people choose and consume their chocolates wisely.

 

NoList ItemNotes  
1Help Fight Tooth DecayThe main source of dark chocolate cacao has been proven to have antibacterial agents that actually help fight tooth decay. This is in contrast of course to the traditional myth. New research has even revealed that the cocoa extract is more effective than fluoride in fighting cavities.
2Elevator Of MoodsDark chocolate is believed to be an elevator of moods as it contains phenylethylamine
which is commonly referred to as the love drug.

3Helps People To RelaxDark chocolate has a smell that actually helps people to relax and be freed for stress specifically due to the fact that it increases theta brain waves. Theta is the state of mind where it is believed you can create everything and change reality instantly.
4Raises Good CholesterolDark chocolate contains a kind of monounsaturated fat, called oleic acid, which raises good cholesterol. Oleic acid reduces blood pressure while increasing good HDL cholesterol.
5FlavonoidsDark chocolate contains flavonoids a natural antioxidant that protects cells against damage from free-radicals that cause oxidative stress associated with heart disease and cancer.
6Increase AntioxidantsOxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, [ORAC] is a measure of the antioxidant activity of foods. Basically dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, among others giving dark chocolate a high ORAC score.
7Helps Increase Serotonin LevelsChocolate contains serotonin and precursors to serotonin, so it may increase your serotonin levels, which can be beneficial in improving your mood. Chocolate containing 85 percent cocoa has the most serotonin.
8Acts As MedicationMexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites. Also in Mexico it is believed that hot chocolate is beneficial for treatment of chest ailments and when taken in small quantities, it is good for stomach disorders.
9Lower The Risk Of Heart Attack And StrokeNew research shows that middle-aged and older adults who eat up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day seem to have lower rates of heart disease than those who don't eat dark chocolate. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal's "Heart" magazine, were based on data from the EPIC-Norfolk study
10Reduces Risk Of DiabetesDark chocolate has the highest cocoa content and very high level of antioxidants which can prevent some forms of cell damage. Research has shown that dark chocolate consumption has resulted in reduced insulin resistance and improved liver enzyme levels. Which may reduce a person's risk to developing diabetes but this has to be considered with diet and other lifestyle factors.
11Free Anti-DepressantThe serotonin level in dark chocolate may act as an effective anti-depressant. It contains serotonin, which has nearly identical qualities of anti-depressants.
12Effective Anti-Aging‘Esthechoc’ the brainchild of a Cambridge University spin-off lab, claims to boost antioxidant levels and increase circulation to prevent lines and keep skin looking youthful and smooth.
13Natural SunscreenAccording to the British Association of Dermatologists, certain foods, including dark chocolate, can in fact help provide limited protection from the sun. In one study, adults who ate just half a small bar of dark chocolate every day for 12 weeks could stay in the sun for twice as long before getting burnt when compared to those who didn't eat any. However, you should know that the protection chocolate can provide is very minimal,
14Lowers The Risk Of AlzheimerDrinking just two cups of hot chocolate a day helps elderly people keep their brains healthy and their minds sharp by boosting the blood flow to their brains. 'As different areas of the brain need more energy to complete their tasks, they also need greater blood flow. This relationship, called neurovascular coupling, may play an important role in diseases such as Alzheimer's.' The study, published in the journal Neurology, involved 60 people with an average age of 73 who did not have dementia. Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, said: 'This small study adds to a wealth of existing evidence linking vascular problems and poorer cognition. A cocoa-based treatment would likely be very popular, but it's too soon to draw any conclusions about its effects.
15Release Of Nitric OxideThe flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium, the lining of arteries, to produce Nitric Oxide, a substance that helps relax blood vessels. This lowers the resistance to blood flow and therefore reduces blood pressure.
16Improved VisionScientists with the University of Reading in England tested the vision of 30 men and women before and a few hours after eating chocolate. Half of the participants received white chocolate and the other half received dark chocolate. Those who received dark chocolate performed better on vision tests—better than before the tests and better than the other participants who received white chocolate.
17 Chocolate Is High In CaloriesIt is also essential to remember that despite its apparent health benefits, dark chocolate is a high calorie and fat food, and therefore is likely to contribute to weight gain if eaten in excess. The normal recommendation is a moderate intake of dark chocolate of around one ounce a few times per week
18Chocolate Contains CaffeineDark chocolate does contain small amounts of caffeine but not nearly as much as in coffee, however, some doctors will recommend that people who are not in good health not eat foods that contain caffeine.
19 Characteristic Bitter TastePure cocoa, the bean that chocolate is made from, is strikingly bitter. If you choose dark chocolate (ideally, 70% cocoa or more) for the health benefits mentioned previously. The darker, the better. However, you will need to accept that bitter taste.
20Contain Some Saturated FatCocoa does contain some saturated fat. But most of it is stearic acid -- which studies have suggested doesn't elevate blood cholesterol levels as much as other saturated fatty acids. However, chocolate products can have other types of fat added, like "milk fat" or "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil" or even coconut or palm oil (both naturally saturated oils), in addition to "cocoa butter."
21A Reasonable Amount Of MagnesiumMagnesium is an essential mineral required by the body for maintaining normal muscle and nerve function, keeping a healthy immune system, maintaining heart rhythm, and building strong bones. High magnesium foods include dark chocolate.
22A Reasonable Amount Of IronWe need iron in our diet for our bodies to make healthy red blood cells, and to sustain our energy levels. And dark chocolate is a surprising source of iron
23A Reasonable Amount Of ZincZinc is an essential mineral required by the body for maintaining a sense of smell, keeping a healthy immune system, building proteins, triggering enzymes, and creating DNA. High zinc foods include dark chocolate