5 Reasons to Get Decadent with Dark Chocolate

5 Reasons to Get Decadent with Dark Chocolate... you know, in case you needed more reasons! #health #nutrition @shrinkingjeans

The holidays are over, Valentine’s Day has passed, and chances are there’s still a few holidays treats lurking around your home. If any of those delectable morsels happen to be dark chocolate, you’re in luck! Not only is dark chocolate good for the soul, it’s also scientifically proven to have all sorts of health benefits!

Here are the top 5 reasons to get decadent with dark chocolate:

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Healthier Skin: Dark chocolate has the same antioxidant load of green tea and red wine, fortifying your skin, fighting free radicals, and repairing the damage caused by environmental toxins. Treat your taste buds and your complexion to moderate amounts of chocolate up to 5 times a week.

Weight Loss: What?! Eating dark chocolate helps aide your weight loss efforts?? Yes, it does! Indulging in rich, good-for-your-body cacao-loaded dark chocolate satisfies sugar cravings, helping you feel satiated; not restricted. Researchers have proven that people who regularly consume dark chocolate have lower BMI and eat less calories per day than those who do not.

Ease PMS Symptoms: There’s a reason you crave sweets when that time of the month rolls around. Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, a mineral your body needs an extra dose of when it’s getting ready to shed reproductive cells. Indulging in small amount of dark chocolate has been shown to alleviate cramps, water retention, irritability, depression, and fatigue.

Reduce Stress: Studies show that dark chocolate helps balance stress hormones while reducing blood pressure, which might explain why we reach for sweets during times of emotional eating.  See, your body always knows what’s best!

Boost Energy Levels: When daily fatigue threatens to take over, 1-2 squares of organic, flavonoid heavy dark chocolate helps you feel more alert and awake. Instead of reaching for that second (or third or fourth) cup of coffee, reach for a square of dark chocolate instead; dark chocolate will boost your mood and energy, and all without negative, jittery side effects. It’s a win-win!

  • Sandy

    Just how dark are we talking here?

    • Jodi Geigle

      Hi Sandy,

      The darker the better! Look for dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao. Dove, Lindt, and Ghiradelli offer such varieties, and I also advocate getting organic dark chocolate cacao bars from your local health food store and/or Whole Foods, if you happen to live near one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/margieboz Jessica Tipton Bosman

    To have health benefits, chocolate has to have 70% cocoa. Most brands of dark chocolate aren’t that high.