Yes, you got that right: never-mind what you’ve heard about sweets and diabetes and getting fat, it’s all nonsense. Well, it’s all nonsense when it comes to real chocolate, meaning that you’ll have to eat organic, dark, high cocoa content chocolate, with a minimum of 70% cocoa inside and without GMO’s .
Cocoa, actually the little, bitter seeds from the Cocoa Tree, is the main ingredient in “real” chocolate, among other things like sugar and cocoa butter. Nowadays, you will also find tons of “bad stuff” inside your chocolate bar, like soy lecithin and/or high fructose corn syrup (known GMO’s) instead of real sugar, which is not so great also for your health but at least it’s natural.So, you must understand the difference between real, organic chocolate and regular candy bars also known as junk food. They are both sweet and tasty but they play in different leagues when it comes to one’s health.
While a regular candy bar is basically refined sugar and chemicals on a stick, cocoa is a super food, full of antioxidants and minerals. Antioxidants protect your cell walls from the destruction provoked by free radicals, which cause oxidative stress. Cocoa has the highest ORAC rating of all foods, and dark chocolate is almost the same thing as cocoa, give or take. The ORAC rating stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity”, in case you were wondering what’s up with that.
So, let’s take a look at the main benefits of consuming moderate amounts of raw cocoa or dark chocolate every day (we’re talking about ~10 grams, one tenth of a regualr chocolate bar):
First, chocolate will help you with cardiac problems and protects against stroke, as it lowers your blood pressure and reduces congestion. It does that because chocolate consumption creates a blood vessel vasodilator called nitric oxide.
Another great benefit derived from eating moderate amounts of dark-organic chocolate on a daily basis is a reduced risk of developing colon cancer, due cocoa’s high content of polyphenols. Also, consuming dark chocolate on a regular basis will improve your brain function and furthermore, it will enhance your mood and the state of well being because cocoa is a natural anti depressant. Your glucose metabolism will be optimized so you will not be prone to diabetes and obesity in the future.