We all know that the basis of a healthy and balanced diet is increased input of fruits and vegetables, but did you know that chocolate can significantly contribute to your health?
Unlike ordinary chocolate that is rich in sugars and poor in antioxidants, black chocolate is a true antioxidant mine. Practically, chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa (at least 70 percent) contains more antioxidants than green tea or red wine.
Why is black chocolate healthy for:
- Black chocolate keeps the heart healthy:
Harvard experts analyzed a number of per-published studies on cocoa consumption in which 2,500 respondents participated. In addition to reducing blood pressure and improving blood vessel status, cocoa consumption is responsible for lowering bad cholesterol in people younger than 15 years and at the same time increasing the level of good cholesterol.
- Black chocolate protects against UV rays:
If you want to protect your skin from damage caused by the sun’s UV rays, reach for dark chocolate rich in antioxidants. A study published in the Nutrition magazine showed that those who consume black chocolate have smoother skin, 25 percent less red blisters after exposure to the sun, and their skin retains moisture for a long time. Also, black chocolate can prevent skin discoloration caused by aging.
- If you have high pressure, eat a black chocolate cube:
Chocolate can reduce blood pressure – this has been confirmed by numerous studies. Thus, a study by the Cologne University Hospital showed that even small amounts of chocolate give similar potential for lowering blood pressure compared to the extensive dietary measures that have proven to be effective when it comes to blood flow problems.