5 Healthy Reasons to Eat Chocolate (as if You Needed Them)
Chocolate,Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate. We know, it sounds so good until you eat 4 mini Snickers bars. This is not the chocolate we are talking about. The chocolate we are talking about not only tastes delicious, it's also healthy for you. That's right...it is healthy for you. High-quality dark chocolate also comes with plenty of health benefits, meaning you can think of it as more than just a decadent dessert.
Now that we have that settled, take a look at the 5 reasons to continue this daring and delicious habit.
Healthy Reasons to Eat Chocolate
- It’s an incredible source of antioxidants—polyphenols and flavanols, specifically—your body’s protectors. Antioxidants combat free radical damage that contributes to aging, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. (Want an even more concentrated source of flavanols? Try CocoaVia.)
- It’s linked to stress-relief. Calm down, you’re getting too excited. But yes, it’s linked to higher levels of feel-good hormone serotonin and contains magnesium, which is linked to anxiety relief.
- It comes in a heart-shaped box for a reason. Studies like this one have shown an association between eating more chocolate and a lower risk of heart disease.
- It’s linked to lower blood pressure. Multiple studies show that a daily dose of dark chocolate can lower blood pressure (although the effect is modest).
- It may help with weight loss. Some studies have suggested chocolate can reduce insulin resistance, and its healthy fats also slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, preventing sugar spikes.
The key? Make sure the chocolate you choose is as dark as possible (70 percent cacao or higher preferably like MitoXcell) and low in sugar. Make sure you check our MitoXcell Recipe page for many delicious and healthy snacks.