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The best kind of Chocolate with the highest amount of nutritional value to promote good health is Dark Chocolate. Compare to other kind of chocolates like milk chocolate, dark chocolates have more cocoa which is the key component in obtaining the health benefits. The main problem with other type of chocolates is the high sugar content, where as dark chocolate has less sugar and no milk ingredient. The main ingredients of dark chocolate are cocoa paste, cocoa butter, nonalcoholic chocolate liquor and low amount of sugar. A high quality dark chocolate doesn’t contain harmful fats, and it is a concentration of best part of the cocoa plant. The higher the percentage of cocoa in dark chocolate, the higher the antioxidants, and the greater the benefits.  Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals. However, dark chocolate cannot take the place of treatments prescribed by a medical professional. It is an alternative to sweeter white chocolate.

The health benefits of dark chocolate are as follows:

  • Drinking milk mixed with dark chocolate is highly beneficial in cardiovascular diseases.
  • Dark chocolates help in increasing blood flow to the brain. This may be especially helpful for conditions with decreased blood flow, including dementia and stroke.
  • Dark chocolate contains serotonin, which acts as an anti - depressant.
  • Dark chocolate contains theobromine, caffeine and other substances which are stimulants.
  • Dark chocolate stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure.
  • The cocoa phenols found in the dark chocolate are responsible for dark chocolates blood pressure lowering effect.
  • Intake of dark chocolate increases appetite.
  • Dark chocolate body massage is helpful in enhancing skin texture.
  • Flavoniods present in the dark chocolate helps the body to produce more nitric oxide, responsible for relaxing the blood vessels.
  • Dark chocolate contains stearic acid, a substance that helps in slow down the digestive process and keeps full for longer.
  • According to research studies ,daily consumption of dark chocolate brighten the smoker’s artery function within hours and lowers the risk of hardened arteries.
  • Dark chocolates help in increasing blood flow to the brain. This may be especially helpful for conditions with decreased blood flow, including dementia and stroke.


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