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5 Great Excuses To Eat Dark Chocolates

Updated on March 22, 2017
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Are You A Dark Chocolate Lover?

Are you a CHOCOHOLIC? Well, if you are then great news! Did you know that studies have found that chocolates contain more than 300 components that are beneficial to your health? Among all type of chocolates, the dark ones are the best because of its ability to retain a few powerful components that provide maximum benefits to your body. Dark chocolates have higher concentration of cocoa and less milk which means lower fat and sugar content in these tasty treats.

Why are dark chocolates much healthier? Besides having hundreds of nutrients, there are 5 major components in dark chocolates that really helps and supplements our body to perform at an optimal level.

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”

— ― Charles M. Schulz

100g Dark Chocolates Contains

Percentage/ Grams
Nutrient
11 grams
Fiber
67%
Iron
58%
Magnesium
89%
Copper
98%
Manganese

(1) Basic Vitamins and Minerals

Just like any other good healthy food dark chocolates are packed with plenty of vitamins and minerals which are essential to your health. You get vitamins such as A, B1, C, D. E and minerals such as potassium, calcium, and iron. Think of it as a form of supplement that helps increase the energy level of the brain and body.

100 grams of dark chocolates are indeed very nutritious and contains a significant amount of nutrients - as shown in the table. You may not eat 100 grams of chocolate in one sitting but even a small amount of consumption will provide more goodness than bad for your health.

So the next time you put a small bar into your mouth, you are getting small doses of potent vitamins and minerals.

Effects of low level serotonin
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(2) Say Goodbye To Moody Days

Have you ever wondered why chocolate is also called 'comfort food' or why people associated it to the feeling of being happy? There are cocktails of ingredient that helps stimulate your mind and body and divert your focus from the difficult emotional situation even if it's for a short period of time.

With dark chocolates, you get a concentrated dose of serotonin. A study which was published in "Journal of Chromatography A" in April 2012 says chocolate containing 85 percent cocoa has the most serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical that balances and stabilizes your mood. It acts like an anti-depressant and helps create a happier emotional state within you. It makes you more relaxed and more alert

Besides serotonin, chocolate has caffeine, theobromine, tyramine, phenylethylamine and cannabinoids that help to decrease fatigue and also stimulates the brain. This stimulation creates a calm state of mind and enables you to get a much needed extra boost of energy to get through the day.

These feelings are different from getting high as you may need to eat an excessive amount of dark chocolates to get into a 'drug-high- state. Therefore, you do not need to worry about possible negative effects. What you actually get from dark chocolates are powerful stimulants that affect your mind and body in a subtle and safe manner.

When you are feeling tired or when you have elders in your home who is always fatigued, give them half a bar of dark chocolate and notice the difference in their mood.

If you’re a chocoholic, the news out of England is tantalizing: middle-aged and older adults who eat up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day (that’s more than two standard Hershey bars) seem to have lower rates of heart disease than those who spurn chocolate. Harvard Medical School


(3) Cacao – Your Antioxidant Supply

If you are looking an antioxidant rich food that can fight off free radicals in your body, dark chocolates have a component called cacao which is the purest form of cocoa. Cacao contains antioxidants called flavonoids that help prevent heart ailments and other types of diseases. Flavonoids are one group of phytochemicals that provides amazing benefits to your health such as the following:

  • Flavanoids produce Nitric Oxide that creates a blood thinning effect thus improving the circulation of blood in our system and improves the flexibility of our blood vessels. Flavanoids keep the blood vessel more elastic and prevent any form of blood clotting.
  • You look younger because cacao prevents cells from premature oxidation which in turn prevents premature aging
  • You will be much more alert and energetic because the high magnesium content that helps protect you from low blood pressure.
  • Catechin which is a type of flavonoids may help in preventing heart disease illnesses, possibly cancer problems and increase an individual's immune system. There are 3X more catechins in chocolates than in tea.
  • Cacao also has been proven to have antibacterial agents that actually help fight tooth decay. Plus these antioxidants are also good for joints health and reduces pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.

(4) You Get More Oxygen

ORAC is an abbreviation for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This term was developed by the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore. Research shows that dark chocolates have a high ORAC value compared to any other well-known foods, such as blueberries and prunes. This means that the anti-oxidant activity is much higher and more potent. There are more than 13,000 Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity values units is present in dark chocolate compare to a milk chocolate which only has approximately 6,700 units.

The chart below shows the top 20 high ORAC value foods and as you can see cocoa powder and chocolate ranks right up there in the top 20.

In addition, the video below gives you a little bit more detail about what ORAC means.

(4a) ORAC Value Food Index

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(4b) What is the Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity Value of Food

(5) Good Fats For Your Health

Consuming a moderate amount of dark chocolates will not make you fat. Fat contents in this chocolate do not impact the body cholesterol level. There are 3 types fat components which are:

  1. Oleic acid - which is commonly found in olive oil and helps in raising the level of good cholesterol or HDL.
  2. Stearic acid - a form of neutral fat that never raises LDL or bad cholesterol.
  3. Palmitic acid

These fats are the good kind that does not interfere with the production of insulin in the body. In fact, these components help our cardiovascular system by lowering the blood pressure and reducing body fat index or the cholesterol level.


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