8 Healthy Reasons To Eat More Dark Chocolate

Learn how eating chocolate can be good medicine, from a cough quieter to a mood enhancer!

Chocolate is bad for you, right? It rots your teeth, makes you fat, and gives you pimples. After all, that’s what we all grew up hearing, from our parents, doctors, dentists. But is it true? Turns out, no. Recent evidence has shown that, far from being bad for us, eating small amounts of dark chocolate on a regular basis may actually be a healthy habit.

Why Is Dark Chocolate So Healthy?

First of all, while many sweet snacks are simply vehicles for empty calories, dark chocolate actually has great nutritional value. It’s loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals, including high concentrations of potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron.

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Here’s a look at some of the other important roles chocolate can play in promoting good health:

Brain Booster

Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, which improves cognitive function. The copper in chocolate can also reduce the risk of stroke.

Damage Dampener

Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, which fight damaging free radicals in the body. Free radicals cause oxidation in cells, which is implicated in both aging and cancer.

Heart Helper

The magnesium in chocolate helps to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease. Eating dark chocolate also improves blood flow and can help prevent the formation of blood clots, as well as arteriosclerosis, which is a fancy name for the hardening of the arteries.

Mood Manager

Dark chocolate contains a number of chemical compounds that can improve your mood. Key among these is phenylethylamine, which causes your brain to release endorphins that make you happy. Phenylethylamine is actually the same chemical our brains produce when we’re falling in love. No wonder eating chocolate feels so good!

Pep Producer

Dark chocolate contains at least two stimulants, caffeine and theobromine, which will help you to feel more awake and alert. Because chocolate contains much less caffeine than a cup of coffee, it may be more easily tolerated by those who are sensitive to caffeine.

Sugar Stabilizer

Unlike many sugary snacks, dark chocolate has a low glycemic index, so it won’t cause dangerous blood sugar spikes. In addition, flavonoids found in chocolate can help reduce insulin resistance, by encouraging your body to use insulin efficiently. Finally, because chocolate promotes healthy circulation, it can also protect against damage to the extremities caused by type 2 diabetes.

Tooth Toughener

In addition to being a stimulant, theobromine also hardens tooth enamel. So, far from causing cavities, eating dark chocolate can actually prevent them!

Cough Quieter

Turns out, chocolate quiets a cough better than cough medicine. A research group from London randomly prescribed a group of patients either regular cough medicine or a chocolate-based medicine. Patients on the chocolate-based medication reported that their coughs settled down more quickly than those on regular cough syrup. Scientists believe the properties of cocoa help relieve irritation and inflammation. So go ahead and enjoy that piece of your favorite chocolate when you feel that throat tickle!

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Jaime McLeod

Jaime McLeod is a longtime journalist who has written for a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites, including MTV.com. She enjoys the outdoors, growing and eating organic food, and is interested in all aspects of natural wellness.

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Christine

I eat at least 1-2 ounces of dark chocolate a day and it does wonders for my sense of mind well being. i can actually tell the difference in my mood my mid afternoon if I haven’t had any dark chocolate. Is that weird? lol

I hadn’t heard about drinking lots of water with chocolate tho? Is that a thing? Regardless, you can’t buy direct from that berkey site anymore and found them at another site below. But I still want to know if this is something I should be doing? help!

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Cherri McCullough

What is the daily recommended amt of dark chocolate to ensure we are benefiting from nutritional advantages it offers?

Jaime McLeod

An ounce or so, Cherri.

Rolande Dumond

NOW I SEE WHY I`M GETTING TO LIKE DARK CHOCOLATE~~~
IT`S GOOD FOR YOU~~
AWESOME IS THE WORD~~
OFF COURSE, DON`T OVERINDULGE~~~~~~
THANKS FOR THE INFO, IT`S VERY HELPFUL~~~ <:))

Ali

mmmmmm! chocolate….altho I can’t have it as it contributes to my kidney stones.

Evelyn

Yes, chocolate has some oxalic acid. But regular teas-such as green and black teas (Camellia sinensis)-contain much higher levels of oxalic acids. In fact, long-term green/black tea drinking is strongly associated with the development of kidney stones.

Donna Sue

I have been wondering why, for the past month, I have been “craving” dark chocolate!
Then I ran across this article!
I was starting to feel guilty about my chocolate eating, but I guess now it was just my body telling me it needs it!
😉

Shirley Unrau

What are the number to let you know the chocolate you are eating is actually high enough number to make it the healthy one. Thank you for this article.

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