Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?
If you’re on diet, you might have heard people suggesting having dark chocolate for weight loss. Is it true that dark chocolate is good for your health?
Dark chocolate comes from cocoa bean, which is rich in nutrition and anti-oxidant substances that can benefit your health in various aspects due to its high level of cocoa. At high level, dark chocolate contains several minerals, including iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.
Moreover, dark chocolate contains beneficial fats. Most of them are saturated fat and monounsaturated fat. Polyunsaturated fat is only included in a small percentage. However, dark chocolate can contain high sugar. So make sure you consume in a proper amount.
Dark chocolate can make you look younger. It contains anti-oxidants such as polyphenols, flavonoids, catechin and etc., which have been shown to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve cognition and possibly lower the risk of heart disease.
Many researches show dark chocolate’s relation to lower risk of heart disease. According to a study based on 470 elders, 50% of participants consuming dark chocolate for 15 years have a lower risk of death of heart disease and coronary disease. A study also reveals having dark chocolate twice a week decreases a risk of coronary disease by 32%. Another research shows having dark chocolate over 5 times a week can lower risk of heart disease by 57%.
Dark chocolate can benefit your health, but a proper consuming amount is most important. If you’re on the healthy road, be mindful of what you eat. We are here to support you because we know you can make it. Let AXA be your assistant when unexpected situations happen with our insurance plans:
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