5 Health Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate Bars
Dark chocolate bars are loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Cacao the main ingredient in dark chocolate bars is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet and is considered a superfood!
Here are 5 health benefits of eating dark chocolate bars and why you should start adding it to your diet!
Dark chocolate bars with a high content of cacao is indeed nutritious.
A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70–85% cacao contains:
- 11 grams of fiber
- 67% of the RDI for iron
- 58% of the RDI for magnesium
- 89% of the RDI for copper
- 98% of the RDI for manganese
For example, Askinosieses 72% Zamora, Amazonia Dark Chocolate Bar contains 24 grams of sugar and 480 calories per bar. This why the Kekao Box is perfect! Keeps you snacking on three bars for a whole month!
Raw unprocessed cacao beans make the top for the highest sources of antioxidants, they actually have 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries! Yup you read that right.
Dark chocolate bars with a high percentage of cacao have organic compounds which are active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins!
Dark chocolate bars contain flavanols which stimulate the endothelium to produce nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide in our bodies send signals to arteries to relax, which results in lowering the resistance to blood flow and reducing blood pressure.
However, there have been mixed studies on this topic. Usually, the effects tend to be mild. Dark chocolate bars are still a healthier snack alternative!
Dark chocolate bars are protective against oxidation of LDL.
If dark chocolate bars are consumed regularly in a diet over the long term, it can cause less cholesterol to lodge in arteries, which results in lower risk of heart disease.
In one study of 470 elderly men, cacao helped reduce the risk of death from heart disease by 50% percent over a 15 year period!
A second study showed eating chocolate two to three times per week had lowered the risk of calcified plaque in arteries by 32%. However, eating chocolate infrequently did not show any effects.
All studies mentioned above were observational and can't prove it was just the dark chocolate that had reduced risk of heart disease. Nevertheless, we know the biological process of lowering blood pressure and oxidation of LDL, it is credible that eating dark chocolate bars regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Dark chocolate bars can improve your brain function! A study showed eating chocolate with a high cacao percentage for five days improved blood flow to the brain.
Dark chocolate bars typically contain stimulants such as caffeine and theobromine which in short term can stimulate and improve brain function.
Dark chocolate bars make for great snacks and can help with your overall health. Of course, moderation is key and 3 monthly dark chocolate bars from our Kekao Box can definitely help you with that!
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