The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Come to the Dark Side. It’s healthier! Don’t be fooled into thinking that all chocolate is bad for you. Numerous studies have shown that dark chocolate has many health benefits, especially for your heart.

Are you planning on using chocolate in your next recipe? Use dark chocolate instead, or try these dark chocolate recipes:

Dark Chocolate Praline

Deep, Dark Chocolate Cake

Dark Chocolate Walnut Bark

Eating a small bar of dark chocolate everyday can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running healthy. Studies have shown that other health benefits of dark chocolate include lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

Dark chocolate isn’t only good for your heart. It stimulates production of endorphins which makes you feel better. It contains the anti-depressant serotonin and theobromine and caffeine, which are stimulants.

But that doesn’t mean that you should eat loads of dark chocolate daily. Eating half a bar every day is more than enough to get the benefits. Just remember that you may have to cut back from other foods because chocolate is still a high-calorie food. Balance your calories appropriately.

Chocolate has a lot of fats, but some of the fats in dark chocolate won’t impact your cholesterol. These include oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat that is also found in olive oil, stearic acid, a saturated fat which doesn’t affect cholesterol. But watch out for palmitic acid, a saturated fat that raises cholesterol and heart disease risk.

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