It’s Easter weekend coming up so a chocolate egg will be on the cards for many of us. However, have you considered going dark? Believe it or not, dark chocolate actually has many health benefits that you wouldn’t get from the milk and white varieties.
1. It is Very Nutritious
Quality dark chocolate is rich in Fibre, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and a few other minerals.
2. It is a Powerful Source of Antioxidants
Cocoa and dark chocolate have a wide variety of powerful antioxidants, way more than most other foods.
3. May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure
The bioactive compounds in cocoa can improve blood flow in the arteries and cause a small but statistically significant decrease in blood pressure.
4. It Raises HDL and Protects LDL Against Oxidation
Dark chocolate improves several important risk factors for disease. It lowers the susceptibility of LDL to oxidative damage while increasing HDL and improving insulin sensitivity.
5. It Can Improve Mood
Dark chocolate also contains several chemical compounds that have a positive effect on your mood and cognitive health. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make you feel happier.
All that being said, dark chocolate is still a very calorie dense food so be careful not to have too much, especially if your goal is fat loss. In moderation it can have some great benefits though!
Nutrition is fundamental to achieving your health and fitness goals, and it could be what has been holding you back from reaching them. The Coaches at The Fitness Space can provide you with the knowledge and expertise to avoid making the mistakes that are halting your progress. Give us a call on 01491 571396 or email Henley@TheFitnessSpace.com to arrange a no obligation consultation to discuss how we can help.