Benefits of Chocolate

  • Contains flavonoids called procyanidins & epicatechins; flavonoids are part of a group of antioxidants known as polyphenols and are found in a variety of foods including dark chocolate, tea, red wine, and various fruits and vegetables. 
  • Decreases LDL (“bad”) cholesterol oxidation.
  • Reduces the risk of blood clots. 
  • Increases blood flow in arteries and the heart.
  • May lower high blood pressure. 
  • Cocoa may have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels because it consists mainly of stearic acid and oleic acid. Stearic acid is a saturated fat, but unlike most saturated fatty acids, it does not raise blood cholesterol levels. Oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat, does not raise cholesterol and may even reduce it. 
  • May improve mood and pleasure by boosting serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. 
  • Regular intake is associated with better cognitive performance in the elderly.
  • Contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.