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Dark Chocolate benefits

By: Sara Escobar

People refuse dark chocolate because of its bitter flavor, but ignore its health benefits. There was a study made in Qassim University, “were sixty students were divided into three groups, one group consumed dark chocolate, other milk chocolate, and other white chocolate for two weeks.” The results were that the consumption of 40 grams of dark chocolate was an effective way to reduce stress. Dark chocolate not only reduces stress but has other health benefits that people do not know.

It has been shown that cocoa products reduce blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular diseases. People might think this sounds stupid because dark chocolate as well as other types of chocolates contain saturated fat and are highly caloric, but if we take a deeper look, they are beneficial. Even though dark chocolate has tons amounts of benefits, based on a study made by Heidi Hackler, it “contains 35 milligrams of caffeine per ounce which means it can cause insomnia, also it has a component called oxalates which can increase the risk of kidney stones.”

We hear about “health benefits” but we don't know about them! What we choose to eat is really influenced by the taste and texture of the food, but we ignore its health benefits. Cocoa products, such as dark chocolate are great sources of energy and are really nutritious. Dark chocolate contains protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, and tons amounts of nutrients that are essential for our heart function and mental health. Research has shown that dark chocolate has high amounts of flavonoids which are compounds that lower our blood pressure and protect us against heart diseases. Based on a research in the new york times article made by Nicholas Bakalar, “researchers have found an association between chocolate consumption and lowered risk for atrial fibrillation, the irregular heartbeat that can lead to a stroke.”

Dark chocolate is also beneficial for our brain. Research shows that the consumption of dark chocolate can improves cognitive function; it increases blood flow to our brain and our heart. Chocolate contains a phenylethylamine compound which encourages the brain to release endorphins and it makes us feel more alert. Also dark chocolate contains another compound called theobromine. Throughout studies, Theobromine compound has shown to harden our tooth enamel, meaning that dark chocolate can also lower the risk of getting cavities.

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