Women’s dream of slim body is usually overshadowed when we are faced with delicious temptations. Often we cannot resist sweet desserts, despite repeating the mantra of the perfect figure.
The desire for sweets is sometimes stronger than us and we cannot control it, so we end up with a few cookies eaten, excess calories and guilt that cannot be muted even with exercise.
The good news is that sweet tooth can be satisfied in a healthy way with a few bites of delicious dark chocolate. It is important to highlight that we’re talking about DARK chocolate, because consumers often are mistaken when they think that it doesn’t matter which kind of chocolate. To truly enjoy the health benefits of chocolate, it must contain a minimum of 70% cocoa.
Dark chocolate can be part of a healthy and balanced diet if consumed in moderation. Here’s why:
- Relieves tedious cough. When coughing leaves you restless, try to ease it with dark chocolate. Several medical studies have shown that theobromine which is found in dark chocolate helps soothing the cough.
- It lowers the high blood pressure. Daily consumption of small amounts of dark chocolate can help lowering the high blood pressure. German study showed that consuming 30 calories per day of dark chocolate reduces systolic blood pressure by 3 mmHg, and diastolic by 2 mmHg. Researchers believe it is due to flavanols – substances found in cocoa.
- Reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke. Dark chocolate is good for the cardiovascular system and brain. Antioxidants found in it reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Helps with high cholesterol. Dark chocolate, but not white, reduces the level of “bad” cholesterol, and increases the “good” cholesterol.
- It improves the mood and reduces the stress. Dark chocolate lowers the levels of stress hormones and stimulates the creation of endorphins which increase the feeling of happiness and satisfaction.
- It is rich in antioxidants. The body needs antioxidants because they successfully fight the free radicals and help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. They also slow down the aging process.
- It can be an ally in the fight against obesity. The bitter taste of dark chocolate reduces the appetite, unlike the milk chocolates that stimulate it. Several bites of dark chocolate will satisfy the daily requirement for sweet, thus helping you to better control the number of calories in your diet.
DON’T FORGET: Dark chocolate is always a healthier choice than white. But, dark chocolate also contains calories, so its consumption should be limited. 100 grams of dark or dark chocolate contains about 550 calories.