Interesting Facts about Chocolate

Chocolate is the best thing on this earth to eat. Whether you want to gift to someone or buy for yourself, chocolate is the best option for all. Chocolate is the only thing you can have every day or several times a week.

We all love chocolate and what’s there not to love about it? When you are happy, you have a chocolate. When you feel like eating something and get nothing around, a chocolate is always to your rescue. When you are upset, a chocolate improves your mood. When you feel exhausted, a chocolate will definitely boost up your energy. Beside all these, there are many interesting facts about a dark chocolate which will definitely increase your love for it.

  1. Good for Your Health

Chocolates contain antioxidants which is really good for you. Different antioxidants provide benefits to different parts of the body. Chocolate mainly contains flavonoids which are especially beneficial for heart health. Flavonoids also hold the anti-inflammatory benefits, cardiovascular system benefits, support to the nervous system and many other health benefits. These benefits are present only in the dark chocolate but if you wash it with milk, it will lose its contents and lowers the benefits.

  1. Lowers Cholesterol level

Through the research, it is proved that eating dark chocolates has a positive effect in lowering blood sugar level and bad cholesterol level and increasing good cholesterol level- all of which could have a positive effect on heart health.

  1. Rich in Nutrients

A very high-quality dark chocolate with high cocoa content is actually very nutritious. It contains a decent amount of soluble fibre and is loaded with minerals.

A 100-gramme bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains:

  • 11 grammes of fibre.
  • 67% of the RDA for Iron.
  • 58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
  • 89% of the RDA for Copper.
  • 98% of the RDA for Manganese.
  • It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
  1. Improves Blood Flow and Lowers Blood Pressure

A portion of dark chocolate may help control or lower your blood pressure. The flavonols 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.

  1. Makes You Eat Less

A bar of dark chocolate is equivalent to 100g of milk. Eating a bar of dark chocolate some time before you eat your meal will make you consume less of it. And eating less will definitely benefit to your health.

  1. Helps Your Skin Glow

Chocolate helps to maintain your skin healthily. The high-flavanol group helps to increase the skin density and thickness, as well as better hydration and less transepidermal water loss. Chocolate may also be helpful to reduce sunburn.

  1. Contains Theobromine

Theobromine is similar to Caffeine, but it has a milder stimulant effect. Theobromine is used to suppress a cough. Theobromine has long been used to treat issues such as blood pressure and is being tested for its use in fighting cancer, you can have too much of a good thing.

 

So next time when you feel eating something healthy and tasty, get chocolate. But do remember only a DARK CHOCOLATE.