If you are, then you will love to hear that chocolate has really good health benefits. If you over-eat it, obviously not but there are many medically proven ways in which good chocolate, which is to say dark chocolate, with a cocoa percentage of around seventy percent or more is good for you.
Research has found that chocolate is good for the heart, circulation and brain and also beneficial in major health challenges such as autism, obesity and diabetes.
Here are a few scientifically proven health benefits of good chocolate.
1) It is beneficial for the heart and circulation
Dark chocolate restores flexibility to arteries and also prevents white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels which are common causes of artery clogging.
2) Reduces risk of Stroke
Research has found that consumption of chocolate lowers risk of suffering from a stroke by 17 percent when tested among a group of men.
3) It is rich in minerals
it is packed with minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium. A 100g bar of dark chocolate provides 67% of the RDA of iron.
4) It’s good for the skin
Dark chocolate contains flavanols which can protect the skin against sun damage.
5) Reduced cholesterol
It has been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good cholesterol, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.