DARK CHOCOLATE: NOT COMPLETELY “DARK”
A sweet that is extensively used in all occasions, referred as a best gift one can give. Can you guess what it is?
Yes it’s Chocolate! Making you go mad over it, chocolate has been credited for sweetening our taste buds since ages.
Chocolate is a brown color sweet typically made from cocoa, freshly roasted, grounded and blended with sugar presented normally in the form of liquid, past and bars.
Usually chocolate is considered as a junk snack because of the fat used to prepare it. Well!.. It is not entirely true; chocolate in its specific form has its own health benefits too.
Dark chocolate also called as “Plain chocolate” or “Black chocolate” prepared by adding no milk but contains high percentage of cocoa ranging from 70% to 99%. Studies show that this specific type of chocolate apart from the sugary content can improve health and lowers the risk of heart disease.
Let us see what this dark chocolate is all about:
1: Contains high nutritious level
A best quality dark chocolate has high content of cocoa and it is proven good for health as it has decent amount of soluble fiber, minerals and nutritious in nature.
In every 100 grams of quality dark chocolate, it has impressive levels of RDA (recommended dietary allowance) in the form of iron, copper and magnesium.
2: Very rich source of Antioxidants
Oxidation is a chemical reaction involving the loss of electrons or an increase in oxidation state. An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. A study showed that dark chocolate has higher antioxidant activity than other fruits they tested.
3: Improve blood flow and regulate blood pressure
The flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium, the lining of arteries, to produce Nitric Oxide (NO), which is a gas. 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.
4: Regulates the density of lipoprotein
Dark chocolate helps in controlling the density of lipoprotein. It increases the rate of HDL (High density lipoprotein) which is good and pure form of cholesterol and reduces the rate of LDL (Low density lipoprotein) which is impure and bad cholesterol. It is capable of damaging LDL particles and lowering oxidized LDL.
5: Acts as a personal ozone layer for your skin
The bioactive compounds in dark chocolate may also be great for your skin. The flavanols can protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration.
There is reasonable evidence that dark chocolate has visible health benefits. Apart from this a best quality organic and high cocoa content dark chocolate can increase body metabolism as it contains reasonable amount of caffeine