I wouldn’t say all of us likes dark chocolates but the ones who does, are mostly for its taste, and it is not any myth that dark chocolate does have many health benefits apart from its taste. Also it lighten ups the mood, can’t really say ‘how?’ but it sure does.
Raw chocolate is extracted from cocoa beans fruit that grows on the cacao or cocoa tree. Once extracted, the beans are fermented, dried and used to create chocolate. Most of the flavours of chocolate are obtained during fermentation. This is the main and only reason of every chocolate tasting differently irrespective of the fact that they are extracted from the same species of chocolate.
Dark chocolates are rich in antioxidants and are definitely very much healthier than processed chocolates which are rich in sugars.
Dark chocolates have always been the best way to health and fitness because it doesn’t require any extra efforts to make it a healthy snack. Plus, people of all age groups love dark chocolate. To pen down some of the health benefits of dark chocolates, they would be:
- Prevention from heart-related maladies
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Promotes pleasure
- Increased blood flow to sex organs
- Mood Enhancer
- Increases brain power and keeps the brain fit
- Helps lower blood pressure
- Improves eyesight
Being extracted from cocoa, which is rich in antioxidants, makes dark chocolate highly rich in flavanols (type of antioxidants found in cocoa) which are majorly responsible for preventing heart disease, stroke, cancer, ageing, and several other fettles. The flavanols also help enhancing the visual performances because of the increased blood flow to the retina and brain.
Dark chocolate is also enriched with several nutrients, but talking about the most preferred dark chocolate (70-85% cocoa), the following would be the nutrient contains it:
- Fiber- 11 grams.
- Iron- 67% of the RDI.
- Magnesium- 58% of the RDI.
- Copper- 89% of the RDI.
- Manganese- 98% of the RDI.
- And a plenty amount of potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.
RDI: Reference Daily Intake
Dark chocolate is a very rare combination of health as well as taste and too loved by all age groups.