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Health benefits of dark chocolate

December 12, 2017

Oatbox presents the health benefits of dark chocolate

We hear all sorts of things about the alleged benefits of dark chocolate, but in a context where healthy living has become a goal to reach absolutely, telling fact from fiction can sometimes prove difficult. Food is often associated to virtues of all kinds, sometimes wrongfully. However, you will be happy to hear that this is not the case for dark chocolate, which has many reasons to be on your list of healthy yet indulgent food. And you won’t hear us complain about that!

Of course, not all chocolates are created equal, as the benefits presented in this text sadly do not apply to white or chocolate milk. And when it comes to dark chocolate, which is simply a chocolate that contains at least 43% cocoa, the higher the cocoa percentage, the better!

Oatbox presents the health benefits of dark chocolate

Dark chocolate to lift the mood?

We often hear that eating a piece of dark chocolate will cheer you up, but even though we kind of want to believe this one, what does science tell us? Well, dark chocolate contains several substances which, each in their own way, can help fighting depression. Once absorbed, anandamide and phenylalanin both provide an immediate wellbeing effect, much like endorphins do. Magnesium helps calm anxiety and other forms of stress, and the small amount of caffeine contained in dark chocolate acts as a stimulant, helping to reduce drowsiness and increase attention and concentration.

Your healthy dose of antioxidant

Just like red wine, dark chocolate is full of flavonoids, these precious antioxidants that help prevent many types of cancer and slow down signs of aging. Pair your favorite Pinot Noir with a piece of dark chocolate for an indulgent snack packed with antioxidants!

Good for your heart

Eating a piece of dark chocolate or two everyday is a great habit to keep for a healthy heart. It helps reduce bad cholesterol in the blood and prevent the formation of clots that clog the arteries, thus regulating blood pressure. Dark chocolate also has anti-inflammatory properties, so go ahead and treat yourself!

Oatbox presents the health benefits of dark chocolate
Oatbox presents the health benefits of dark chocolate

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