The antioxidants in chocolate neutralize free radicals and prevent oxidative stress, both of which are part of the body’s natural aging process. So, chocolate is a great anti-aging food to enjoy, within reason.
We enjoy eating several types of chocolate, but not all chocolate is created equal. Milk chocolate has less cocoa, more sugar, more milk, and much fewer health benefits. It has been a favorite for many years because we like our sweets! Then there are the healthier chocolates that contain over 70 percent more cocoa, a lot less sugar, healthy fats, and no milk, i.e., dark chocolate.
Chocolate has been used for over 3000 years for its healing properties, starting with the Mayan empire. The best dark chocolate is 70 to 90 percent cocoa.
6. Fend Off Weight Gain
Chocolates with high amounts of cocoa have flavanol compounds of epicatechin, catechins, and procyanidins, which are healthy for your body and can induce satiety.
5. Lower Stress and Improve Brain Cognition
Dark chocolate decreases the stress hormone cortisol, leaving you feeling less anxious and stressed. It may also interact with brain neurotransmitters and release feel-good endorphins. A Yale University Prevention Research Center study reported positive effects on cognitive functions of the brain.