The Effects of Dark Chocolate

Hooray to the chocolate lovers out there! Great news! Dark chocolate (not milk chocolate) can help with weight loss, stabilizing blood sugar, controlling appetite, and reducing cravings. Dark chocolates also tend to improve your mood, decreasing your desire to indulge on other comfort foods.

Eating only 1 or 2 small squares of dark chocolate can satisfy your sweet tooth for just 30 or 40 calories compare to 500 calories for a piece of chocolate cake or pie.

A good-quality dark chocolate provides a portion of the same healthy benefits of most leafy green vegetables. Just a small amount of dark chocolate, can help lower blood pressure, increase circulation and prevent arteriosclerosis- all these are very important aspects if you’re obese. Note that the flavonoids in dark chocolates help reduce insulin resistance and prevent spikes in blood-sugar levels, that discourages you from overeating.

Amazing right? Wait it doesn’t end there…

According to some studies, dark chocolates have an impressive impact on how the body synthesizes fatty acids, which reduces the digestion and absorption of fats and carbohydrates. The result, a person eating chocolate experiences a feeling of satiety. But only stick to dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cacao.

The reason why you have to choose dark chocolates with at least 70% cacao content is because the higher the % of cacao, the lower the sugar content. Keep in mind that dark chocolate that has over 80% cacao content tastes bitter. 75% in my opinion is an almost perfect combination of lightly sweet with a rich chocolate taste.

Dark chocolate is also rich in healthful antioxidants, including a powerful compound called theobromine. The said compound has been shown to help lower blood pressure. The fat content in dark chocolates come solely from natural healthy fats in cocoa butter, not from any other added fats.

Quick tip: You can as well enjoy the benefits of these antioxidant and fiber minus the calories by using organic unsweetened cocoa powder in your smoothies or other recipes.

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