I'm sure you've heard the rumours that dark chocolate is actually a superfood - one that comes with numerous health benefits. What better way to stay healthy than by eating chocolate?
But hang on, before you start gorging on the sweet stuff, how much of this is true?
The good news is that Cacao, derived from the seed of the cocoa tree, is one of the best antioxidants on the planet. Raw cacao contains nearly four times more antioxidant content than regular processed dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries and a whopping 119 times more than bananas.
You'll also be pleased to know that the all too enticing rush of happiness that comes from eating chocolate is not just a sugar high. Cacao contains a mood improvement chemical called anandamide, known as the bliss molecule, which creates an unmistakable feeling of euphoria. It also boosts levels of the feel good chemical serotonin stored in the brain, leaving you calm, content and at peace with the world.
Aside from lightening the mood, cacao also has some very real health benefits. Eating a small amount can help protect your heart from cardiovascular diseases. That's because it is packed full of Flavanols, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that protects the heart, reduces the risk of stroke and helps to improve blood circulation.
Beauty might only be skin deep, but it's safe to say that everyone wants to look their best. Forget Botox - the polyphenol antioxidants found in cacao belong to the same group of antioxidants as green tea and red wine. The ones that protect our cells from premature oxidation or destruction, and keep us looking and feeling younger for longer.
So now you've got the facts, go ahead, dig into a delicious bar of dark chocolate without any of the guilt. But make sure it has a high percentage of cacao, around 80-100%, and is consumed in moderation. Chocolate should still be classed as a treat, albeit a super one.
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