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Benefits of Dark Chocolates!

Updated on October 2, 2014
Benefits of Dark Chocolate
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Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Benefits of Dark chocolate. Chocolates are loved by everybody. Children, teenagers, young and old men and women, all enjoy eating a bar of chocolate. Latest research shows eating dark chocolate can actually make a big difference to your health too. It is very beneficial to your health. No longer it is seen as bad and waste of money. Here, is a list of wonderful benefits of dark chocolate:

1. Good source of Antioxidants. Antioxidants help to absorb the free radicals. Free radicals can create a havoc in our body by slowly killing our essential organs and making us look old and haggard. These free radicals are easily removed by antioxidants and dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants. It is best to eat dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate to yield the benefit of antioxidants. The high amount of cocoa found in dark chocolate helps to provide the good health benefits. Dark chocolate is very rich and concentrated form of cocoa, so even a small piece of bar gives the advantages of antioxidants.

2. Reduces Depression and Stress. Dark chocolate helps in the production of serotonin and endorphin in the body. These are good feeling hormones and it can provide a big boost to your mood. Pregnant women and many women tend to crave chocolate and this could be one of the reason. Serotonin is also linked with good sleeping benefits.

3. Heart Friendly. Dark chocolate is good for heart health. It helps to regulate your blood pressure as it is rich source of important minerals like copper and magnesium. It makes the blood circulation good by making the blood vessels flexible and strong. Thus, the overall cardiovascular health is improved if a small piece of dark chocolate is daily added to your eating regime.

4. Reduces the bad cholesterol. Dark chocolate is good in even reducing bad cholesterol or LDL (low density lipoproteins). It contains a chemical called flavonoid which helps to decrease the bad cholesterol and thus improve the overall cholesterol levels. Only dark chocolate gives the maximum benefits of reducing bad cholesterol levels. Milk chocolates are not effective in this area.

5. Low glycemic index. Dark chocolates contain less sugar. They have high concentration of cocoa and thus, have a bitter taste. Dark chocolates contain cocoa ranging from 70 to 90%. The glycemic index of dark chocolate is low which is a great benefit for those who are looking for low glycemic index foods. Less sugar provides good health benefits. If you can get used to the bitter taste of dark chocolate, it is a good health food. However, quantity needs to be controlled and only a very small piece of bar is beneficial.

So, start eating dark chocolate without feeling guilty! It is good for your health, especially cardiovascular health. It prevents premature aging and makes you feel good and happy. Relax and take a dark chocolate break.

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      jahmedi 3 years ago

      Hey people! check this! seek to find the cocoa balls ITSELF,then grate a teaspoon of it and let slowly simmer (low boil/low flame) in 8oz of drinking water for about 15 mins.strain,add a teaspoon of brown sugar,mix,wait lets say... 10 mins,then drink hot/warm(get it?),relax for 15 min to 1/2 hour and examine yourself.For me...WOW! This may sound kinda sacrificial but in my opinion,it's worth it.Praises unto the ALMIGHTY!!!

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Angela. I hope you eat dark chocolates and enjoy the benefits too!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I love dark chocolate. Happy to hear of its benefits.

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      brenda12lynette 5 years ago from Utah

      I knew about a few of these but not all. I love chocolate so it's great to know there are even more benefits than I thought! Thanks for the great hub!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub explaining the benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolates are my favorite.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Ruchi,

      Thanks for explaining the benefits of dark chocloate in such an easy-to-understand manner. Even though I understand the benefits, I personally don't like dark chocolate. I've never been able to get used to the taste.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      I have always enjoyed dark chocolate for it's taste! Dark chocolate also has, I think 2-5g of protein, per serving. Thank you for this informative hub :) voted up!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Ruchi, how could I resist a hub that has a title with 'benefits' and 'chocolate' in its title? :o)

      Enjoyed this, voted up and shared.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Great hub for all us chocolate lovers!

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      I knew dark chocolate wasn't as bad as milk and other chocolates but who knew it had so many health benefits. Truth be known, I like dark chocolate better anyway! Great hub with lots of useful and interesting information.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Packed with information, I really enjoyed this hub as chocolate is one of my favorite foods. Excellent writing. Voted up, interesting, awesome, and useful (:

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Love this hub 'cause Dark choclates are my fav and you made it sound so good :)

      Thanks, voted up and sharing this excellent source of information.

      happy birthday :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Rushi,

      I LOVE dark chocolate. Even before they let us know about all the health benefits, I ate it anyway. Funny thing that neither of my sons like chocolate. Great research, great hub. Voted up.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      You note it is dark chocolate that has all the health benefits not the commercial milk chocolate we crave so much. But I don't care because milk chocolate makes me feel good!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Chocolate makes a great birthday gift! It's a perfect gift for any occassion! Enjoy your bd gifts!:)

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      I am craving dark chocolate now..... Nice hub Rushi. Voting up and across.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I love chocolate, and love your hub for validating my craving for chocolate. Isn't it wonderful to know that something we love is also good for us? Thanks for a useful and interesting hub!

      Voted up and SHARED!

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Rasta1, thanks for visiting and reading this article.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Onlooker, thanks for your feedback. Yes, Dark chocolate are great for health and taste too.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Sueswan. Now, you can eat dark chocolate without feeling guilty.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Dark chocolate is important to me. Thanks for the hub on the benefits.

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      Dark chocolates are a favorite in our family not just for the bitter sweet taste but its health benefits too. Thanks Ruchi.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Ruchi,

      I can't resist dark chocolate and I couldn't resist reading your hub about one of my favourite food groups. lol.

      Voted up and away!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Outstanding and delicious hub!!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You forgot the best reason -- it's yummy. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      My Nurse Says 5 years ago from Philippines

      Now we have a perfect excuse to indulge... Thanks for the Hub! Well worth it..

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      Sunita-Sharma 5 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

      Nice hub...didn't know yhat chocolates can have some health benefits also.