Even Science Agrees, Dark Chocolate Is Now A Health Food
Cocoa is good for you, so now you can embrace that sweet tooth guilt-free!
If you have a sweet tooth for dark chocolate, now you can give into those cravings guilt-free. Why? Because dark chocolate is considered a health food — at least according to the research conducted by the chocolate manufacturers.
Over the years, the world's largest chocolate producers (Nestlé, Mars, Barry Callebaut, and Hershey's, to name a few) have conducted extensive research into the potential health benefits of chocolate.
A lot of their research specifically focused on micronutrients called flavanols which have antioxidant properties and seem to promote vascular health.
A recent meta-analysis looked over 100 peer-reviewed studies conducted by Mars over the years and found out the following:
- Regularly eating cocoa flavanols could boost mood and cognitive performance
- Dark chocolate improves blood flow
- Cocoa might be useful for treating immune disorders
- Cocoa powder and dark chocolate can have a "favorable effect" on cardiovascular disease risk
However, it is important to note that although cocoa flavanols may impact blood pressure in the short term, their effects on blood flow have never been directly linked to a lowered risk of heart disease or heart attacks in the long term.
Regardless, if you're going to indulge in something sweet and sugary, dark chocolate is one of the healthier options out there.
Our opinion? Eat away!