When talking about chocolate, what I mean first and foremost is dark chocolate without the addition of sugar, because sugar makes chocolate worthless and unhealthy.
Chocolate is extracted from the seeds of cacao tree. This raw cacao mass has the highest quality and is one of the best sources of antioxidants.
14g of dark chocolate contains more antioxidants than a glass of orange juice.
Antioxidants are roughly described as the "protectors" of our body cells. They protect us from diseases and stop the aging process in our body.
Dark chocolate has excellent nutritional value, contains many important minerals and soluble fiber.
In addition, cacao (dark chocolate) contains many healthy fats that provide excellent source of energy in a low-carbohydrate diet. The fat usually consists of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids with small amounts of polyunsaturated fats.
And dark chocolate contains smaller amounts of caffeine. Caffeine is known to have a brightening effect and burns small amounts of calories, which can help you lose weight.
Some studies have shown that cacao can improve blood flow in the arteries. And can slightly contribute to lowering blood pressure.
Dark chocolate has a positive effect on your cholesterol levels and thereby reduces the risk of heart attack.
The reason is the influence of dark chocolate on the bad cholesterol LDL. It does not give the LDL the chance to cause harm and boosts the healthy, positive cholesterol HDL.
Dark chocolate also helps improve the body's insulin sensitivity, which has a very positive impact on your overall health.
Dark chocolate contains bioactive compounds which protect your skin. For example, the so-called flavonols can help protect your skin from sun damage.
Flavonols can improve the circulation, firmness and moisture of your skin. Dark chocolate is not, as is often assumed, a trigger for pimples and blemished skin.
Fortunately, our digestive system can process cacao (dark chocolate) very well. The by-products formed during processing are good for the intestines. For this reason, you should eat chocolate with at least 70% cacao content.
Another reason to eat dark chocolate is the benefit for your brain. One study found that chocolate improves blood flow to the brain.
It has also been shown that cacao significantly improves memory in older people with mental disabilities and problems.