We cannot hide our joy, because now you can eat chocolate and benefit your health.

Yes, It happened! Scientists have conducted extensive research that has proven that chocolate benefits our health. Chocolate tastes good thanks to a combination of mood-enhancing substances including caffeine, theobromine, tyrosine, and tryptophan.

It is important to choose dark chocolate that is high in cocoa because it has more health benefits than milk chocolate and has less fat and more antioxidants, which is good for your figure.

Many adherents of proper nutrition refer to sweets as a forbidden food, because it can harm the figure and state of the body. Chocolate is often included in the list of desserts, which is considered the cause of excess weight, problem skin, diabetes, and tooth decay. But, believe me, such judgments are erroneous if we are talking about the right product: natural, not containing flavor enhancers and chemical additives.

Types of chocolate: dark, milk, and white
There are three types of dessert: dark, or the so-called bitter chocolate, as well as milk and white. In addition to color and taste, they differ in the ratio of crushed cocoa beans, cocoa butter, and powdered sugar in the composition.

Dark chocolate is dominated by cocoa, its amount is usually indicated on the package: from 50 to 99%. That is why the taste of the product acquires a slight bitterness, and the color becomes rich and dark. Such chocolate contains a lot of antioxidants and the least amount of sugar - accordingly, it is the most useful. Moreover, it is better to choose a bar that contains more than 70% cocoa. In this case, the dessert is made from good quality beans, otherwise, the taste is slightly sour.

Milk chocolate has less cocoa, but milk fat is used in the form of cream or powder. Thanks to him, the tile acquires a soft, delicate taste and is especially liked by children, however, it does not differ in useful properties.

Powdered milk is often used in milk chocolate, in which there is simply no obvious benefit even for children who calmly digest dairy products well. That is, milk powder is the empty product from the dairy group. Therefore, I would not recommend milk chocolate with this ingredient to children. There is chocolate with oat milk, coconut milk, with carob - these are the options that have a milder taste. In fact, chocolate, especially for children, is ideal for making yourself at home, using the same powdered coconut milk or oatmeal if you want to make a more delicate creamy taste, as well as cocoa mass and cocoa butter.

In white chocolate, peeled cocoa beans are not used at all, which is why it turns out so light. The dessert is based on powdered sugar, milk powder, and cocoa butter, which has no taste but has a pleasant smell.

Which chocolate is better to give preference to?
Of all these types, dark chocolate brings the most benefits to the adult body. But you should also pay close attention to his choice: study the composition in detail and make sure that crushed beans and cocoa butter are really included in it. Instead, they can put powder, which makes the dessert cheaper and reduces its positive properties, and vegetable oils. For example, palm and coconut - a product with their content cannot be considered real chocolate.

The most important thing in chocolate is cocoa mass and cocoa butter. These are two ingredients that are of great value to our body: they prevent premature aging and rejuvenate the body at the cellular level. We need to be very careful about healthy or pseudo-healthy foods, pseudo-healthy chocolate. Where it says "cocoa butter substitute" or "cocoa substitute" - all this does not suit us. It is better to choose dark chocolate with 80-85% cocoa mass.

In addition, it is important to ensure that the chocolate is free of flavors, dyes, flavor enhancers, and odors. Only then can it be called quality. Nevertheless, you should not get carried away with good desserts, because 100 grams of dark chocolate contains more than 500 kcal. Therefore, nutritionists recommend limiting yourself to 30-50 grams per day.

Plus, even good dark chocolate contains sugar. But, according to our expert, it does not harm the body. And if you are confidently determined to exclude this product from the diet, then you should pay attention to alternatives to classic tiles.

Even if there is ordinary sugar, then in the percentage of content per slice, per serving of chocolate, this is quite acceptable. And we will still benefit from the high percentage of cocoa liquor and cocoa butter. So either we choose chocolate with healthy, high-quality alternatives to sugar: carob, coconut sugar, Jerusalem artichoke syrup, arthritis, and stevia - they all fit. Or we choose high-quality classic chocolate, but where there is a high content of grated cocoa, thanks to which the percentage of sugar is so insignificant that the benefits of cocoa will override it.

The benefits of good chocolate for the body
If you managed to choose high-quality chocolate and you consume it in moderation, then here you can start talking about the benefits of the product for the whole body. Tiles really have a lot of positive properties!

Variety of nutrients

Chocolate contains valuable substance flavanol, which is a natural antioxidant and promotes health. In addition, dark chocolate with 70-90% cocoa contains adequate amounts of fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese.

Improves mood and relieves stress

Sure, the taste and smell of chocolate alone can make you smile, but the tryptophan in the dessert does the job. It is an essential amino acid that stimulates the production of serotonin, a natural antidepressant, or, as it is called, the hormone of happiness. It turns out that we are not just reaching for chocolate in a stressful situation - this is a completely normal reaction of our body.

In addition, experts from the Nestle research center in Lausanne have found that dark chocolate removes cortisol and catecholamines from the body. These hormones are involved in stress responses. Accordingly, a quality product drowns them out and makes you less susceptible to nervous situations.


There is also a small amount of caffeine in dark chocolate, and its properties are probably known to everyone. A small piece of the bar can replace a cup of coffee in the middle of the workday and awaken your activity.

Reduces pressure

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia have shown that chocolate lowers blood pressure in hypertensive patients by 5%. Probably, the reason for this is the flavonoids, which we have already mentioned. These substances stimulate the production of nitric oxide, and this leads to the expansion of blood vessels.

Equalizes cholesterol levels and prevents thrombosis

Cholesterol is usually divided into "harmful" and "useful". The first settles on the walls of blood vessels and arteries, making them narrow and less flexible. And the second one removes the formed plaques from them, blocking the actions of the "bad" component. So, thanks to flavonoids, dark chocolate can reduce the level of "bad" cholesterol, increase the amount of "good" and prevent the accumulation of platelets. This exposure reduces the risk of blood clots.

Stimulates brain function

This is, again, thanks to flavonol. According to research from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, dark chocolate improves brain activity, visual perception processes, and helps to cope with age-related memory disorders.

Cocoa also contains epicatechin, just like green tea. It can help protect the brain from the formation of sticky proteins or amyloid bodies. And they, in turn, develop Alzheimer's disease.

Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease

Consuming cocoa in moderation has a positive effect on heart health. Studies in a number of US medical institutions have shown that the inclusion of chocolate in the diet reduces the likelihood of developing coronary heart disease by 57%. To do this, it is enough to eat a small amount of dessert five times a week.

Soothes Coughing Attacks

Good tiles contain the antioxidant theobromine, a substance that suppresses coughing attacks by acting on the vagus nerve. It broadcasts messages from the central nervous system to the brain. Therefore, a couple of squares of dark chocolate may well calm an attack of a nocturnal cough.

Protects the skin

Consuming chocolate rich in flavonol protects us from UV rays. In addition, this beneficial substance improves blood flow in the skin, moisturizes, makes it more elastic, and prevents the appearance of wrinkles.

Improves the condition of gums and teeth

When talking about harm to teeth, they mean white and milk chocolate, which is high in sugar. On the other hand, dark tiles relieve gum inflammation and protect teeth from caries. Here theobromine enters the process: it protects the enamel and participates in its remineralization.

Author's Bio: 

I`m Pierre Fontaine a professional Homeopath in New York City since 1994, ever since graduating from the 4-year program at the School of Homeopathy in Devon, England. I am a registered member of the North American Society of Homeopaths “RSHom (NA)” and is certified by the Council on Homeopathy Certification “CCH.”
I prefer eating Dark Chocolate bars for rich benefits for your body.