Love dark chocolates? This is what it does to your body
- Jan 17 , 2017 1
Are you a chocolate lover? Then you must have read numerous rumours about chocolates. Some say dark chocolates are good and some say they are bad for health. Just to solve your confusion we have brought some interesting facts about dark chocolates.
Made from seeds of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants. Studies have shown that the dark chocolates (not the sugary one) can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease. It’s loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health.
- Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is actually quite nutritious.
- It contains a decent amount of fibre and is loaded with minerals as well.
- A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85 per cent cocoa contains:
- 11grams of fibre.
- 67 per cent of the RDA for Iron.
- 58 per cent of the RDA for Magnesium.
- 89 per cent of the RDA for Cooper.
- 98 per cent of the RDA for Manganese.
- It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
Powerful source of antioxidants
Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active such as polyphenols, flavanols, catechins. The study showed that cocoa and dark chocolate contains more antioxidant activity than other fruits which included blueberries and acai berries.
Improve blood flow and lower blood pressure
The flavanols in dark chocolate can help stimulate endothelium, the lining of arteries, to produce Nitric oxide (NO). One of the functions of NO is to send signals to the arteries to relax, which lowers resistance to blood flow and therefore reduces blood pressure.
Lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
The compounds in dark chocolate appear to be highly protective against the oxidation of LDL. In the long run, this should cause much less cholesterol to lodge in the arteries and we should see a lower risk of Heart disease over the long term.
Protect your skin against the sun
Dark chocolate has bioactive compounds in it which is great for your skin. The Flavanols can protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration.
Improve brain function
Lastly, dark chocolates can also improve your brain functions. Five days of consuming high-flavanol cocoa improve blood flow to the brain. Cocoa also significantly improve cognitive function in elderly people with mental impairment. It also improves verbal fluency.
How excessive eating of dark chocolates is harmful?
100 grams is a fairly large amount and not something you should have daily. All these nutrients also come with 600 calories and a good amount of sugar. But you need to be aware of the poor quality chocolates in the market which contains a large amount of sugar and less organic compound.