A lot of people are recently taking to dark chocolate in the attempt to cut down on their sugar intake. Just as well. Dark chocolate is nothing new, has been around for ages, but the recent surge of people who are buying them off the shelf makes one wonder whether it took some serious research on its benefits for this to happen. Dark chocolate, apart from being rich, boasting of muted flavours, has a lot of known benefits. It is almost a superfood, and if you want to try some out, choose a dark chocolate that has 70% or higher cocoa content.
Not just an ingredient any more in multiple recipes of cakes and desserts, here are a few reasons why you should try the delicacy out if you have been on the fence about it.
Rich source of antioxidants
Cocoa is a rich source of many antioxidants such as flavonoid and polyphenols. When free radicals are released during cellular processes in the body, antioxidants protect the body from these. So dark chocolate helps fight the toxins.
It improves brain function
Consuming dark chocolate helps better the blood flow in the brain, which makes the brain function better. Caffeine and theobromine in the chocolate is the reason why the brain functions better.
It elevates mood and fights depression
Cocoa contains anti depressing properties, is loaded with serotonin and dopamine. So not only is your mood elevated when you consume dark chocolate but the compounds also help calm you down when you are feeling low.