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7 Reasons Doctors Recommend Eating Dark Chocolate Every Day

Updated on May 5, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.

Doctor recommend eating dark chocolate every day for health benefits
Doctor recommend eating dark chocolate every day for health benefits

No More Guilt

Almost everyone loves chocolate. However, a lot of people don't eat it as often as they want to because they have been misinformed. They focus on the danger of eating it rather than on the benefits dark chocolate offers.

Even though you probably don’t need another reason to eat more chocolate, doctors have given seven reasons why you should eat dark chocolate every day. Now you can eat it without feeling guilty about it.

1. Boost Memory

Studies have shown that dark chocolate is a memory booster. Studies were conducted on college students. Those who make it a regular habit of eating dark chocolate performed better on memory tests than those who didn't.

Doctors recommend dark chocolate to those from college students to older adults and everyone else in between. They concluded that it is the cocoa in dark chocolate that brain power that leads to better memory.

Eat dark chocolate for a good night's sleep.
Eat dark chocolate for a good night's sleep.

2. For Better Sleep

Do you toss and turn at night? Do you feel tired in the morning? Now you can sleep better and feel refreshed in the morning.

Doctors stand by their recommendation that eating dark chocolate will help you sleep better at night. With this information, you can enjoy your chocolate and a good night's sleep as well.

3. Reduces Risk of Dementia

Studies done on older adults found that those who ate dark chocolate on a regular basis were less likely to develop dementia. That's because the ingredients in dark chocolate boost brain power that leads to more cognitive benefits.

People of all ages will benefit from consuming chocolate. When tested, older adults had better results.

4. Improved Brain Health

These recommendations are for dark chocolate because the ingredients are different from milk chocolate or white chocolate that are filled with sugar and chemical additives.

Make sure it is dark chocolate that you eat because that's the type that is filled with health benefits for the brain. Research shows that eating about an ounce of dark chocolate every day will have tremendous benefits for the brain but not limited to the brain.

Dark chocolate has many health benefits.
Dark chocolate has many health benefits.

5. Lowers Inflammation

Inflammation in the body leads to several health issues. Inflammation may include diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

A study conducted in Italy showed that patients who ate dark chocolate every three days had a 27% lower levels of inflammation in their body. This is reason enough alone to eat dark chocolate every day, but there are more reasons to do so.

6. Prevents Heart Disease

A study was conducted in Scotland that proved dark chocolate helps to lower the risk of heart disease. Nearly 5,000 Scottish people who ate dark chocolate more than five times per week had a 42% lower risk of heart disease.

Eating dark chocolate reduces stress.
Eating dark chocolate reduces stress.

7. Reduces Stress

Swiss researchers recommend eating 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate every day. Within two weeks there will be a decrease in the levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone.

Cortisol interferes with healthy hormone functions. It also increases inflammation in the body and raises blood pressure levels.

Only Dark Chocolate

While doctors and researchers stand behind the eating of dark chocolate for better health, they emphasize the importance of making sure it is dark chocolate and not some other kind.

To get the most benefits, you should eat organic chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa. The higher the cocoa content, the more flavonoids it has the more health benefits you will get.

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      11 months ago from Richmond, VA

      The Stages of ME, I am out of dark chocolate, but I do intend to get some today. I will not feel guilty since that's what the doctor ordered.

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      Kathy Henderson 

      11 months ago from Pa

      Yeah!!!!! No guilt bring on the dark chocolate.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      12 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Tim, Dark chocolate is good and good for you and your wife. Make sure you buy enough for both of you. ENJOY!

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      Tim Truzy 

      12 months ago from U.S.A.

      Now, I can justify my fondness for dark chocolate to my wife without guilt. I treasure the stuff. The only problem now will be making sure we get enough for the both of us. We are chocolate fans, indeed!

      Thanks. Interesting and helpful article.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      12 months ago from Richmond, VA

      WOW, A B Williams, have a bite of dark chocolate on me. Yes, dark chocolate provides more benefits than milk chocolate and white chocolate. Enjoy!

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      A B Williams 

      12 months ago from Central Florida

      I could not scroll past, you had me at dark chocolate!

      I prefer dark over milk or white, always have, so this is great news. I will pick some up today.

      Very informative!

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      12 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Mary, yes that is a very good reason to eat chocolate, but make sure it is the dark kind.

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      Mary Norton 

      12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good to know about these benefits. I can now indulge myself. Dementia is one I truly fear.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      12 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Eric, now I can eat dark chocolate without feeling guilty.

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Quite interesting. I will get some and maybe 3 days a week. I like it better than the sweet normal stuff.

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