- Dark chocolate may taste quite bitter but it is good for the body
- Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa solids that contain flavanols, which have been proven to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol
Dark chocolate isn’t something enjoyable to eat if you hate bitter foods.
However, no matter how bitter dark chocolate is, it is surely a healthy one, an expert said.
Not to mention that you can enjoy it without feeling guilty because of the benefits it offers.
According to a report, dark chocolate is rich in cocoa solids that contain flavanols, which have been proven to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It also improves cognition and “possibly lower the risk of diabetes.”
“Dark chocolate has the highest amount of cocoa flavanols; milk chocolate has less, and white chocolate has none,” CNN reported.
It furthered that once dark chocolate is processed to remove the bitter taste, the beneficial compounds like the flavanols might be removed.
It has been proven that no matter how bitter dark chocolate is, it is better for your health.
According to Matt Hartings, assistant professor of chemistry at American University, the healthful flavanol content may vary among dark chocolates but “it‘s still a healthier choice than milk chocolate, which also tends to have more sugar.”
It was mentioned that before indulging one must remember to buy chocolate that has at least 60% of cacao in it as it will offer more flavanols and it also contains less sugar, according to Hartings.
Opt for natural cocoa over Dutch processed cocoa, he added; saying that the latter is treated with alkali that neutralizes acids, gives the chocolate a milder flavor but removes flavanols.