Can something that tastes as delicious as chocolate really be healthy? There is significant evidence that real dark chocolate (70% cacao/cocoa or higher, not milk chocolate) is loaded with healthy benefits.
It’s been shown that higher consumption of chocolate is associated with lower levels of total fat (fat deposited all over the body) and abdominal fat, independently of regular physical activity and diet, among other factors (1).
Chocolate is rich in flavonoids, especially catechins - which have important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Chocolate also produces higher levels of physical energy and mental alertness while, lowering blood pressure in women. It may even block feelings of pain and anxiety (2)!
One-and-a-half ounces of dark chocolate a day for 2 weeks has been linked to a reduction in stress hormone levels (3).
So next time you’re tempted by that piece of dark chocolate, don’t hesitate - it just might help you get that 6-pack you’ve been wanting.
Our favorite is Lindt’s 85% cocoa dark chocolate. It doesn’t contain soy or dairy and is reasonably priced.
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What are your thoughts? What's your favorite chocolate?