You heard right. Evidence shows a little bit of dark chocolate a day can help fill you up, satisfy your sweet tooth and help burn fat. But, its important to remember, chocolate does contain a lot of calories so dont over-do. Play it smart and chocolate can easily fit into your healthy eating plan. But were not talking Halloween chocolate candy here.
Look for 70% cocoa or higher. Due to a lower sugar content it wont have the sweet taste as regular chocolate. The fact is, dark chocolate, like any food thats dark in color, packs more nutrients than lighter colored foods. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants called flavonoids and the minerals potassium, copper, magnesium and iron. All things your body needs.
Want more amazing chocolate facts? Dark chocolate may also offer skin protection from the sun. Its a mood booster, an anti-inflammatory and reduces cardiac risk. It contains Theobromine, which lowers blood pressure, hardens tooth enamel, and can even suppress a cough. Although dark chocolate is better for you, even regular chocolate may reduce the risk of diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity, and can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
A Swedish study found that women who ate more than 45 grams of chocolate a week had a 20% lower risk of stroke than women that ate less than 9 grams a week. We love you Sweden. Youre the best.
Now get out there and buy some chocolate.