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Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
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Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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(As if you needed any more excuses to eat more chocolate…)

Whether I’m having a bad day and feeling crummy, or simply want to treat myself, chocolate is my go-to. An instant pick-me-up, chocolate has always been my guilty pleasure. After doing some research, however, I found out that I don’t necessarily need to feel so guilty—dark chocolate can actually be good for you! Investing in high quality chocolate (try to look for chocolate with 70% or more cocoa) can actually yield a number of benefits for your health AND brighten your day (talk about a superfood!).

Here are some of dark chocolate’s secret benefits:

High in vitamins and antioxidants

Dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa can actually pack a pretty mean punch with all of its healthy minerals, including fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, and potassium. Not to mention, dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants!

health benefits of chocolate

Keeps you mentally sharp

The cocoa in dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, resulting in improved brain function and a better preservation of memory.

health benefits of chocolate

Protects your heart

Not only does dark chocolate lower blood pressure, it also lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart failure. Happy heart + happy tummy = happy you, am I right?

health benefits of chocolate

Cuts down on cravings

Way healthier than its sugar-packed milky counterpart, dark chocolate is more filling and lessens craving, leading to help with weight loss!

health benefits of chocolate

Lowers cholesterol

By raising HDL, protecting LDL against oxidation, and improving insulin sensitivity, dark chocolate is a great choice for those wanting to protect against diabetes or high cholesterol.

health benefits of chocolate

Saves your skin

Dark chocolate does wonders for your skin: it modulates healthy blood flow, protects against the sun with its UV filters, increases density and thickness, and hydrates!

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Improves your mood

We already know in our hearts that chocolate is the instant cure to a bad mood—but did you know it’s scientifically proven? Dark chocolate releases calming endorphins that reduce anxiety, and are high in magnesium that help lift moods. Say goodbye to stress and bring on the chocolate!

 

What are your favorite healthy chocolate brands? Here are some of mine:

Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate

Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate (71% cocoa)

 

Alter Ego Quinoa Dark Chocolate

Alter Eco Dark Quinoa Chocolate (61% cocoa)

 

sweetriot pure dark chocolate

Sweetriot Pure Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa)

 

theo dark chocolate

Theo Organic Fair Trade Salted Almond Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa)

 

Cocoa Via Unsweetened Dark Chocolate

 

 

Know of some other chocolate benefits you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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