If you’re looking for a little treat that won’t pack on the pounds or up your risk of diabetes, look no further. The answer is fruit. Not what you had in mind? Okay, let’s talk chocolate.
Dark chocolate can be a healthy indulgence as long as you watch your portions. It has a fair bit of nutrition and antioxidants that can protect your body and just make you feel good.
Read on for all the justification you need to indulge in a little chocolate every day.
1. Protects Against Heart Disease
Because the compounds in dark chocolate protect against the oxidation of LDL, less cholesterol will lodge in the arteries over time, lowering the risk of heart disease. Eating dark chocolate twice per week seems to reduce the risk of calcified plaque in the arteries by 32%. But why stop there? Eating dark chocolate more than 5x per week could lower the risk of heart disease by up to 57%!
Studies done on this effect have been largely observational, so we can’t be positive that it was the chocolate and nothing else that improved life expectancy.
However, we know that lowering blood pressure and oxidized LDL reduces the risk of heart disease, and that the antioxidants in dark chocolate have this effect. It’s not an unreasonable leap to credit the sweet indulgence.