On this day is which chocolate is a popular gift, I thought it only fitting to write about the health benefits.
Not all chocolate is created equally, dark is the way to go. Milk chocolate has much more sugar and less nutrients. So Dark chocolate: Cardiovascular health, minerals, antioxidants, and helping with blood sugar levels. Now lets break it down:
Scientists theorize that cacao plants naturally produce antioxidants to help them survive harsh growing conditions and to protect them from environmental stress. It is also what helps us who eat the plants too. Consider this: more than 10 percent of the weight of the dry raw cacoa beans consists of polyphenols alone.
Scientists also determined that chocolate triggers the production of nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide is responsible for relaxing and dilating blood vessels which allows more blood to pass through them and thereby lowers blood pressure.
One average dark chocolate bar has 14 percent of the daily requirement for copper, 12 percent of your daily magnesium, potassium, and iron. Therefore it helps you make blood, elastin, strong muscles, and healthy bones.
Phenethylamine is released by the brain when people are falling in love and eating chocolate. Fall in love with yourself and have a few small bites of chocolate this Valentine’s day.