Did you know that consuming chocolate could actually provide you with a health benefit?
International Chocolate Day
Did you know that consuming chocolate could actually provide you with a health benefit? Now that I have your attention, have a look at what chocolate can do to improve your health.
The cacao tree produces beans from which we can extract cocoa. This cocoa is a rich source of antioxidants called polyphenols, as well have containing some minerals such as magnesium, iron and potassium.
This antioxidant rich cocoa has a proven benefit to keeping your heart healthy by reducing your blood pressure and inflammation. In additional, it helps with blood flow to the brain which helps the body to eliminate waste products. Furthermore, chocolate can also help to improve your mood by releasing endorphins – the happy hormones. If this hasn’t convinced you, chocolate can also help with immunity as it a powerful anti-inflammatory which is perfect timing now that winter is upon us.
Not all chocolate is equal though! The chocolate with higher amounts of cocoa show the greatest benefits as it is the cocoa that has the effects on the body. A 25g serve (about 1 row) is a good portion to start with.
The dietitian’s top picks:
- Lindt 85% Cocoa Dark Chocolate
- Cadbury Old Gold 70% Cocoa Dark Block
- Whittaker’s 72% Cocoa Dark Ghana Chocolate