Find out the health benefits of eating dark chocolate.
You do not have to feel guilty anymore when you indulge in a piece of darkchocolate. Despite its bad reputation for causing weight gain, chocolate has some wonderful health benefits.
Here are a few surprising facts about dark chocolate.
1. It is nutritious
Chocolate contains a healthy amount of soluble fibre and it is also loaded with minerals. If you eat quality dark chocolate, you will get some important nutrients for your body
2. It is a powerful source of antioxidant
Dark chocolate has organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These compounds include polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins.
3. It improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure
Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that can stimulate the endothelium, which is the lining of the arteries to produce nitric oxide, which in turn sends signals to the arteries to relax. This lowers the resistance to blood flow and reduces blood pressure.
4. It helps to protect your skin from the sun
The flavonoids in dark chocolate can protect your skin from sun damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration.