We all have a sweet tooth for chocolates. But the regular POLKA DOT CHOCOLATE BARS contain fat that make us gain unnecessary weight, whereas dark chocolate is different. It is actually manufactured with a lot of healthy nutrients that not only satisfy our sweet cravings, but also improve our health in many ways.
The basic ingredient in all chocolate products is Cacao or cocoa. However, the milk content in normal chocolate is much higher than in dark chocolate thereby making it unhealthy. The cacao content in dark chocolates is lesser thereby making it bitter. It is said that bitter the chocolate, better the chocolate. Dark chocolates with 70% or higher levels of cacao should be consumed to avail the health benefits.
Dark chocolate contains nutrients like iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and selenium. Different nutrients affect our bodies differently and some of the health benefits of chocolates are mentioned below: –
Consuming dark chocolate can keep your heart healthy and happy. Being rich in nutrients like magnesium, chocolate opens up blood vessels and regulates heart rate which improves the cardiovascular system in our bodies.
The amount of sugar present in chocolate does not cause any damage to our bodies. They help to regulate the blood-sugar levels and also reduce bad cholesterol levels in the arteries and heart.
Dark chocolate keeps the skin protected from the damaging UV rays of the skin, thereby reducing the chances of sunburns and skin cancer. It helps to keep our skin smooth, healthy and glowing. A mask can also be made of chocolate and caffeine, which will remove dead cells from our skin.
It is known to reduce hair fall, promote hair growth and volume and also treat scalp infections by promoting good blood circulation in the scalp. Dark chocolate is known to be a stress buster. When consumed, they release endorphins that help to reduce stress and anxiety levels in our body thereby helping us to relax.