Here’s another good reason to enjoy dark chocolate: Studies have shown it can help relieve stress and inflammation in the body. Furthermore, occasional dark chocolate may even reduce your risk of heart disease.
Two recent studies found that consuming dark chocolate of at least 70 percent cacao could help reduce stress and inflammation along with boosting mood and memory.
Researcher Lee S. Berk explained, “This is the first time that we have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time and are encouraged by the findings. These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.”
Additional research is required on larger populations to confirm findings along with developing a better understanding between the dark chocolate consumption and reducing stress levels. But if we had to assume, we would suggest that chocolate is delicious — how can anyone be stressed while eating chocolate?
One concern about dark chocolate is that it still contains fat and sugar, so research is required to determine if the pros outweigh the cons.
The key here, and with anything, is moderation. Sure, you want benefits, but sometimes more consumption doesn’t always translate to greater benefits. Instead, enjoy a square of dark chocolate rather than the whole bar to be safe. Furthermore, dark chocolate should be consumed along with a healthy diet. Consuming dark chocolate won’t negate the effects of an unhealthy diet.
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