I love to eat chocolate, but not just any chocolate. I eat the varieties that are referred to as “superfoods” i.e the dark chocolate. It is truly healthy forms of chocolate if you get to pick the right products. You’re probably thinking how is dark chocolate good for you, and isn’t chocolate a sweet, is it good for me? There are several types of chocolate we probably already know. Most often chocolates are divided into three categories- white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Well, today I am telling you all about dark chocolate and how the benefits of dark chocolate are for real.
There are barely any foods that have their names starting with alphabet ‘X’. So, I decided to apply the Mexican name for chocolate instead –Xocolate. Because everybody’s favourite comfort food is actually a superfood. When we eat in control, dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants. It also makes the skin glow and makes you happy – means everything you demand from a superfood.
Healthy perks of Dark Chocolate
- Cacao in dark chocolate may improve heart health (reduce blood pressure and risk of heart disease)
- May lower cholesterol levels
- Good source of antioxidants
- May increase blood flow to the brain
- May prevent stroke
- protect skin from UV damage
- Stimulates the endorphin production, which improves our mood and
- Linked to a de-stressing effect
- Packed with healthy nutrients like iron, magnesium, copper, manganese
- Mostly healthy fats (saturated and monounsaturated)
Dark Chocolate Nutrition and health benefits
Dark chocolate is made from cacao beans. These beans are the seeds of the fruit of a tree called Theobroma cacao tree. These seeds are dried and processed to ultimately produce the yummy hardened Dark Chocolate bars we love.
Dark chocolate is made from cocoa or cacao. It is also called semisweet chocolate while there is another version of extra dark chocolate which is often considered the as bittersweet. The ratio of cocoa butter to solids varies between the varieties of chocolates and gives them a different taste.
Due to higher cocoa content, dark chocolate has a much richer flavour than the milk chocolates. The higher the percentage of cocoa in the chocolate, the richer is the taste. As Cocoa is naturally very bitter and very strong-tasting, the Chocolate-makers (especially makers of milk chocolate) mellow down this flavour. It is usually done by processes like fermenting, roasting, adding milk and/or sweetness. All of which can destroy the healthy flavanols, and negate their health effects all together with unhealthy additives.
Not all Chocolates are healthy or designed equal
Chocolate lovers like me rejoice when the benefits of chocolate and antioxidants found in them are talked about. But it’s important to understand that not all chocolate is designed equal, not even close. The potential health benefits of a processed, highly sweetened chocolate are close to none. But the health benefits of dark chocolate are many and quite impressive.
Eggless Chocolate Brownies
Eggless Suji Cake
Eggless Dark Chocolate Cookies
So, next time you reach for your favourite dessert. Remember that a little piece of dark chocolate can help satisfy your sweet tooth along with a boost and health benefits.