Posted on May 03 2015
It has long been acknowledged by experts the world over that great quality luxury chocolate is actually good for you. Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why:
Brain Boosting Properties
Eating good quality chocolate can help increase blood flow to the brain as well as the heart, carrying essential nutrients that can improve cognitive function and also reduce the risk of stroke.
Chocolate with a high cocoa content contains several chemical compounds that can actually improve your mood. So if you are feeling a little down, reaching for a couple of squares of luxury quality chocolate can help you to feel better and lift your mood.
A great quality chocolate contains a compound called phenylethylamine (PEA), which is a naturally occurring chemical produced by the brain when you are falling in love – just another reason why luxury chocolate is such a great romantic gift! This naturally occurring compound within the chocolate triggers your brain into releasing endorphins – our natural 'feel good' chemicals, so a little bit of what you fancy can go a long way towards cheering you up when you are feeling a little down.
Many people are unaware that chocolate also contains caffeine, the same mild stimulant found in tea, coffee and cola, although you would have to eat a lot of chocolate to get the same amount of caffeine that is found in an average size cup of coffee. A small bar of quality chocolate contains on average around 27mg of caffeine, but a cup of coffee will have around 200mg.
The latest buzz on the health scene is that too much sugar is bad for your health. However, if you are trying to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, you don't have to completely give up the chocolate treats that you love.
We know that eating too much sugar can lead to unstable blood sugar levels, which can eventually lead to weight gain, and also increases our risk of type 2 diabetes. However, good quality dark chocolate contains compounds that can help to keep your blood vessels healthy and strong to help lower your risks of developing diabetes.
Dark chocolate also contains much lower levels of sugar than regular milk or white chocolate, so eating it will not result in sharp spikes in your blood sugar levels, while the naturally occurring flavonoids contained in cocoa can also help your body to reduce insulin resistance.
If you are quite health conscious, you may have read about the health benefits of antioxidants. Many doctors are now recommending their patients improve their health by eating antioxidant-rich foods, such as fresh berries, apples, pecans and kidney beans, to help reduce the damaging effects of free radicals on the body, and to help protect against certain forms of cancer.
Dark chocolate is known to be full of antioxidants, so you can safely include a few squares of high cocoa content chocolate regularly to give yourself a bit of an antioxidant boost.
There are a number of health boosting vitamins and minerals already within chocolate that you may not be aware of. Dark chocolate can be a rich source of Iron, Copper, Magnesium and Potassium, so even though you may feel very wicked indulging in such decadence, you will actually be treating your body well too.
Good for your teeth!
Yes, you read that right – dark chocolate can actually be good for your teeth! Good quality dark chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which has been shown in clinical trials to harden tooth enamel.
We have been taught to steer clear of sweets by our dentists because they are so bad for our teeth, but unlike most other sweet treats, eating dark chocolate can actually lower your risk of developing tooth cavities, as long as you maintain a good dental hygiene routine.
Another added bonus of theobromine is that it can act as a mild cough suppressant, so the next time you feel a sore throat coming on, enjoying a square or two of dark chocolate can be just as effective as sucking on cough sweets, and far more pleasurable too!Don’t confuse a luxury quality chocolate with mass produced chocolate as much of the benefits are removed in their manufacturing process but the chocolate by Bonieri and others are keeping the luxury and unique chocolate experience alive have the best chocolate available. We love chocolate for its taste and how it makes us feel, and for the pleasure we get from giving it as gifts to others, but it is great to know that in addition to these it also has these great health boosting benefits too!