But, recently, the market gave life to dark chocolate. It is a variety of chocolate which has less sugar and milk that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. It has more cacao seeds as an ingredient which is the main derivative of chocolate. This is good news for most individuals who have cardiovascular problems as well as diabetes, specifically, those who really love chocolates.
Studies have revealed that dark chocolate has the capabilities to prevent high blood pressure by inhibiting the formation of blood clots. This results in the prevention of the development of atherosclerosis which is directly caused by blood clots. In addition, it increases the flow of blood throughout the system. But, this only happens if taken two to three times a week. And as a result, it also helps improve the brain’s function because of the amount of blood flow.
Dark chocolate is the opposite of its close relative, the milk chocolate. Instead of causing diabetes, it prevents it. This is caused by flavonoids, which is abundant in dark chocolate. This decreases insulin resistance, thus, it makes use insulin more efficiently. Moreover, it also prevents the development of cavities. Again, it is the opposite of milk chocolate. This is caused by theobromine, but this is not an excuse in avoiding proper dental hygiene. This is just a supplement, thus good dental hygiene is still a must.
Additionally, it also helps in the prevention of cancer due to its antioxidants which helps in minimizing the free radicals in the body. Free radicals, when in excess, do cause damage to the cells of the body that paves the way for the development of cancer. It is also rich in certain vitamins and minerals which supplement its health benefits. For example, magnesium and copper are good for the blood vessels and in the prevention of iron deficiency anemia.
But “too much of a good thing is bad” still applies to this type of chocolate. Dark chocolate still contains fats and sugars. Though they are in lesser amounts and are derived from healthier sources, it still needs to be consumed in limited amounts. And importantly, do not choose dark chocolates which have ingredients that increase fats and sugar such as mint and caramel fillings for you might end up in regrets.