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Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

3/23/2012 5:56:24 PM | by Anonymous

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Almost everyone loves chocolate. We enjoy eating them because of their rich, smooth, creamy, sweet and delicious flavor. They are available in many forms such as a beverage, syrup, candy bar and powder. They are also used as culinary ingredients in chocolate flavored desserts and treats and as skin care beauty treatment. The common notion about chocolates is that it causes increase in weight and calorie intake. However, they cannot be generalized. There is a type of chocolate that can provide a vast number of health benefits.

 

Chocolates are made from cocoa. They contain flavonoid, a plant pigment that is beneficial to our health. Flavonoids have a very strong, pungent taste. Cocoa undergoes a process to reduce this taste. Among chocolates, dark chocolate is the least processed retaining a lot of flavonoids. Moderate consumption of dark chocolates has health benefits brought by this plant pigment.

 

Flavonoids found in chocolates are antioxidants that help to protect cells against damages caused by environmental toxins, or byproducts of vital processes in the body which in turn leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate is also good for the heart. It decreases risk of cardiovascular disease by reversing damage to blood vessels. The benefits of chocolates to the heart are decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol.

 

You can lose some weight by eating dark chocolates as well. They are high in fiber which prevents fat absorption of the body while the antioxidant of cocoa has fat-burning ability. They serve as a good histamine blocker which decreases the stomach acid and improves digestion.

 

Dark chocolates treat depression and anxiety. They contain amino acids like tryptophan that increase the body’s production of serotonin. Serotonin acts as a messenger between brain cells. Deficiency in serotonin can cause mental health problems.

 

These are just some of the health benefits dark chocolate can offer. Now your cravings for chocolates and weight loss program can go hand in hand while savoring your favorite snack.

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