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Chocolate: How Can It Benefit You?

Chocolate can be good for you. Before you scoff at the statement and tell me thats too good to be true, hear me out. Chocolate has many benefits both for your skin and your body. Now don’t go breaking a piece of that KitKat, or enjoying the melting bubbles of the Aero Bar. What I am referring to is good quality, real chocolate. More specifically dark chocolate, and the darker the better!

Benefits of Dark Chocolate:
1. Antioxidants
  • Dark chocolate is chock full of antioxidants which helps prevent and repair damage done by free radicals. Free radicals, if left to themselves, can cause disease in your body as they attack healthy cells. Antioxidants jump in and bind to the free radicals to prevent them from causing disease such as cancer.
2. Heart Health
  • Dark chocolate has a compound called flavanols which are a type of flavanoid. Flavanols have been shown to lower blood pressure and increase blood flow to the heart. Flavanols also have the ability to make blood cells less “sticky”, therefore less likely to clot.
3. Brain Power
  • The flavanol-rich treat has also been known to improve cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain.

Now that we have discussed some of the benefits at dark chocolate. let’s look at which kind of chocolate qualifies as the healthy type. The kind of chocolate that will carry the benefits discussed above are the organic dark chocolate bars with a cocoa percentage of 70% or more.

So go on, enjoy a piece (or two) of dark chocolate. It sure does have its benefits!

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