What You Need to Know About Dark Chocolate.
Cocoa and dark chocolate may support cardiovascular health. It reduces the risk of cancer, coughing and heart disease. It reduces platelet aggregraion and adhesion. One third of the fat in chocolate comes from the monounsaturated fat, oleic acid and another third from the saturated fat, stearic and the third from saturated fat, palmitic acid.
Dark chocolate is made from the roasted beans of the cacao tree, native to South America. It is made from cocoa solids and cocoa fat(cocoa butter) plus sugar.
This fats do not raise the levels of LDL chocolate in the bloodstream. Dark chocolate is one of the best sources of anti oxidant on the planet.
A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains:
*11 grams of fiber
* 62% of the RDA for iron
* 58% of the RDA for magnesium
* 89% of the RDA for copper
*98% of the RDA for manganese.
It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
Dark chocolate also contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine, but is unlikely to keep you awake at night as the amount of caffeine is very small compared to coffee.
Dark chocolate protects the skin against the sun.
Dark chocolate improves function of the brain. Study shows that 5days of consuming high flavanol cocoa improved blood flow to the brain.
Be aware that a lot of chocolate on the market is crap. You need to choose organic, dark chocolate with 70% or higher content.