If you are a chocolate lover, you probably associate chocolate with sweets and desserts. If this is the case, you probably don’t automatically think of chocolate as a ‘healthy food.’

Today, Salud is here to tell you how dark chocolate can actually be beneficial for your health.

  • Dark chocolate can actually help keep your teeth healthy. The first thing that sets dark chocolate apart from other sweets, and even other chocolates, is that it has a low content of sugar. The darker the chocolate, the less sugar it has. Besides the smaller amounts of sugar, dark chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which is recommended to harden your tooth enamel.
  • It is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants like flavonoids, polyphenols and catechins can help your body inhibit free radicals, causing a positive impact on the health of your skin and your heart. It also contains essential nutrients like vitamins A and B, proteins, calcium, phosphorus and iron.
  • Eating dark chocolate could help stimulate blood flow between the heart and the brain, as well as the functioning of neurotransmitters like serotonin, which could improve your cognitive skills, as well as easing the symptoms of fatigue.

Of course eating dark chocolate will not cure you from disease, but eating a small amount of chocolate daily (about 6 grams) can have a small, but very positive impact on some key functions of your body.

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