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The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

5 Healthy Reasons to Eat Dark Chocolate

There's no need to nix chocolate from your diet for good. When satisfying a sweet tooth, choosing dark chocolate can be a good decision for your health. In fact, here are five healthy reasons to eat dark chocolate.

  1. It helps you exercise longer: A study found that eating a tiny amount of dark chocolate before a workout helps fight fatigue, which means you can go that much further during your workout. The amount that worked in the study was tiny — just half a square — but if it's good quality chocolate, a small square will go a long way.
  2. It's stress relieving: And not just when you're PMSing. A study found that when highly stressed participants ate an ounce and a half of dark chocolate (the equivalent of a Hershey's bar) a day for two weeks, the level of stress hormones in their bodies dropped significantly. While eating a candy bar a day can contribute to a whole new set of stresses if you're watching your weight, it's nice to know that dark chocolate has a measurable effect on stress levels.
  3. It's heart-healthy: A study found that dark chocolate increases blood flow, which helps keep your ticker in top shape. Those who ate a small amount of chocolate a day had increased blood flow due to more-dilated blood vessels as well as better heart function.
  4. It's good when you're sick: If you can't get the rest you need because of a nagging cough, try dark chocolate. The theobromine, an ingredient in dark chocolate, has been proven to suppress a cough, but just be careful — if you're trying to go to sleep, remember that a dark chocolate Hershey's bar has 30 milligrams of caffeine, which is the equivalent to a cup of tea.
  5. It lowers blood pressure: Increasing blood flow also helps your heart in another way. A study found that eating a small square of dark chocolate a day helps regulate your blood pressure by increasing blood flow as well as dilating blood vessels and releasing nitric oxide. If you're managing your blood pressure levels, a daily, small dose of dark chocolate may help.
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Lynette15279091 Lynette15279091 3 years
I love this article about the benefits of dark chocolate. One thing I wanted to mention is that all dark chocolate is not the same. Make sure you purchase healthy chocolate, the cold pressed version that has not been heated or dutched like traditional candy chocolate. It is high in antioxidants, as many as 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables. A great idea to give someone you love this Valentines day.
Chocolate-Dame Chocolate-Dame 5 years
There is a difference in the chocolate that you choose. With Healthy Chocolate, chocolate that has not been heated above 102 degrees, you get the benefits of fresh fruits/vegetables. It is the same with cooked fruits/vegetables. Once cooked (heated, roasted) the healthy benefits have been cut in half. Unprocessed cocoa is the highest anti-oxidant food on the planet. Check out for the real deal, then let me know if I can help you in any way. And by the way, it is gluten, caffeine, and dairy free; low glycemic natural sugar cane crystals that do not cause your sugar to spike (diabetics can eat it); no additives or preservatives; acai berry and blueberry are the natural additives; and it is kosher. Would love to hear from you about your reaction to this information.
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