6 health benefits of dark chocolate

6 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate – Why You Should Start Eating it NOW!

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Chocolate.

It’s the bane of every woman’s existence. The temptation grows stronger and stronger the longer said woman remains abstinent of its consumption.

Yet for hundreds if not thousands of years the health benefits of chocolate and cacao have been researched and known. Why do so many of us then shy away from its consumption you might say?

Well if we look at a list of pros and cons in regards to chocolate consumption, it would appear as though one of the major points on the cons list would be the fact that it’s a very calorie-dense food.

This means that by consuming even a moderate amount of chocolate you can shoot your calories out of proportion. If you want to learn more about how to manage your calories (while eating the foods YOU love), you can read more about that here.

You see, most people think that foods with sugar, lots of calories, fats or carbs are ones you must stay away from. This is not only silly but absolute and complete bullshit.

#1 of 6 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate –
Cocoa Contains More Phenolic Antioxidants Than Most Foods


As we know, antioxidants play a vital role in our body. Antioxidants are predominantly responsible for regulating free radicals in our body which we know are not good for us when they overtake our body’s ability to regulate them.

This can be consequential because of the adverse health effects of free radicals. Your DNA can be altered and other ailments and health conditions can be formed.

Cocoa happens to have more antioxidants found in it than most other foods making it one of the best sources of them. The specific type found in cocoa are called phenolic antioxidants. Dark chocolate is primarily composed of cocoa and therefore contains a large concentration of this type of antioxidant.

Review the article I have linked above if you want to to find out some more about the health implications of antioxidants and free radicals.

#2 – Antioxidants Can Play a Role in Reducing the Risk of Diabetes


Insulin resistance is one of the major precursors to the development of diabetes. Unless you have been genetically predisposed to hereditary diabetes, obesity is the main precursor to insulin resistance and eventually diabetes.

This is a well-documented fact and you can read more about that by running a Google search (as this is outside the scope of this current article).


It has been studied that the antioxidants in cocoa can play a role in reducing the risk of developing diabetes.

If you therefore consume dark chocolate in moderation you can therefore enjoy some benefits of doing so and not feel so guilty about it!

There are arguments to be made for both sides – eating enough to enjoy the benefits or eating too much so that you get fat. Well folks, no need to be so dogmatic about stuff. Enjoy life, enjoy a little chocolate and be happy and healthy.

#3 – Cocoa Can Protect Nerves from Injury and Inflammation


Some research suggests that cocoa can protect certain nerves from injury and inflammation. I am not extremely familiar with this topic but I am sure there is more you can read on the subject with a little searching.

So far we have many benefits and just a couple small drawbacks.

#4 – Better Overall Satiety and Diet Satisfaction (If You Like It. . .)


The whole reason Physique Authority even exists is so that it can help you make the right decisions on how to implement fitness, health and nutrition in order to reach your goals in the most enjoyable way possible.

It goes therefore without saying that the foods you eat should play a vital role in your diet so that you have a better chance of adherence.

There is a very specific reason that Atkins dieters have a high probability of relapse into obesity. 

It’s just not a sustainable way to live life. Eat foods you like. Eat chocolate, be happy, and know you’re reaching your weight goals anyway.

#5 – Improved Cognitive Function


Even if only short-lived, there is something to be said about chocolate’s ability to temporarily improve your cognitive function.

This one’s going to be a little weird but bare with me: Chocolate itslef is tasty, right? I mean, at least love chocolate.

It would therefore make sense that one would ascertain from this that the consumption of a edible form of chocolate would satisfy you and make you happy right?

Yes. Of course.

Why not eat something you crave? It’s not like you are going to only consume chocolate that day and blow up your calories.

Might as well eat something that helps to make you happier.

 #6 – Improved Mood


Let me give you two scenarios:

The first one goes like this:

Alright so you have a body builder. He/she is looking great – ripped as all hell, lean, muscular, chicks are digging it, the men are asking how he got there and life’s good.

Except for one thing: He hates his life when it comes time to eat.

Family gatherings: He has to say no to a lot of things. When he goes out with friends, he has to stay away from this food or that food. No alcohol. No dessert, no pizzas, ice cream, cakes bla bla bla you get the idea.

The one and only thing important to this guy is his physique. He will stop at nothing to ensure he continues to torture himself for the sake of that body of his. His willpower is relentless and is unbreakable.

Scenario two:

Alright so you have a body builder. He/she is looking great – ripped as all hell, lean, muscular, chicks are digging it, the men are asking how he got there and life’s good.

Period.

He eats anything he wants, doesn’t give a shit when he’s with family or friends, slams pizzas, slams chocolate, ice cream, gets drunk on the weekends, and has the exact same body and physique of the above guy.

You tell me which will improve your mood – constantly foregoing foods that you love and enjoy all in the same of sacrifice for your body. I will not be a slave to myself.

As a matter of fact, this strategy helped me lose 27 pounds by INCLUDING all of the foods I love to eat on a daily basis!


Thank you so much for reading guys and I hope you have a great day! Now go buy some chocolate and enjoy the shit out of that sucker.

And don’t forget to head over here to learn how to diet in the most enjoyable way possible.


As always,
Yours truly,
Michael

2 comments

  1. I started eating dark chocolate couple of years ago and I know it’s good for you, it’s very yummy too. It’s amazing what the cocoa can do as an antioxidant. Definitely heard it can improve cognitive function… good for me.

    I didn’t know it can protect nerves from injury and inflammation. I’ll have to read up on that.

    I just have to be careful of much of that to eat. It’s soooo good! I keep my dark chocolate in the fridge…

    I don’t feel guilty munching on dark chocolate… thanks!!

    1. Hi Monica, thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out the article. It means a lot to me to be able to reach out to people and inform them of the inconceivable – that they do NOT need to torture themselves in order to reach their goals!

      You should never feel guilty about eating the foods you love unless it’s hindering you from your personal progress, but as long as it fits into your daily macros (calories and nutritional value) you’re all set!

      I also love chocolate. It’s dangerously good and I can’t see myself ever not eating it!

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