Sometimes you just need some good news and we are here to give it. Because dark chocolate, yes the most delicious, decadent, and perfect food in the world (given, this is a personal opinion) has many health benefits!
In case you needed any more reason to eat dark chocolate regularly, we’re here to remind you of some of the health benefits of dark chocolate.
Yes, we’d argue that dark chocolate is good for the soul. But we can officially call dark chocolate brain food! Scientists recently discovered that regularly eating small amounts of dark chocolate can not only boost your immunity but actually enhances neuroplasticity. Subjects had their brains monitored after consuming small amounts of dark chocolate and actually found that brain activity increased!
Recently studies have found that eating dark chocolate led to an increase in the expression of genes involved in the activation of T cells, which are the white blood cells that help us to fight infection and disease. This study, in particular, found a correlation between how dark the chocolate is and the benefits, basically, the darker the better!
We’ve talked about the importance of gut health before and how to prevent and treat a leaky gut but we’ve never mentioned dark chocolate as one preventative food! A 2010 study showed that dark chocolate promoted the growth of ‘good bacteria’ or microflora in our guts that fights inflammation.
We could have told you that biting into something chocolatey reduces stress and improves our mood but it turns out it’s not just a placebo effect. New research shows that dark chocolate really does soothe our minds and alleviate stress. Again, we’re talking dark, dark chocolate here (at least 70%), the darker the chocolate, the better the benefits.
Yes. There is no debate on this one. Dark chocolate is rich in iron, fiber, manganese, copper, and antioxidants. It’s also a source of potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium. And like our other favourite food avocado, dark chocolate is a great source of good fatty acids.
Don’t take our word for it, take the American Cancer Institute’s word:
“Given chocolate’s rich supply of flavonoids, researchers have also investigated whether it may play a role in cancer prevention. The studies in cancer prevention are still emerging. A recent review of studies on the cancer protective properties of cocoa concluded that the evidence is limited but suggestive. More rigorous studies should be conducted on chocolates’ cancer protective role, concluded the author, because it provides ‘strong antioxidant effects in combination with a pleasurable eating experience.’”
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