You’d be forgiven for thinking that chocolate is a health food with some of the positive media it’s got of late. But is it really too good to be true for you?
With 50% fat and 30% sugar, it’s strange that dark chocolate (better than milk choc), is getting such healthy media hype. Yes, dark choc does contain some minerals (iron, copper, magnesium and zinc) – but its new claim to fame is high flavonoids. These protect plants from diseases, and cocoa contains more than well-known flavonoid-rich foods like red wine, tea, apples and berries.
So, when you indulge in your dark chocolate, like Moser Roth from Aldi you’re doing yourself some good by:
Reducing your blood pressure If it’s high, the more dark choc you eat (within reason), the lower it’ll be.
Boosting your insulin resistance Crucial in helping keep away from lifestyle diabetes (which is on the increase).
Lowering plaque in your blood vessels Leads to atherosclerosis – so, again, a good thing. Inflammation is also lessened.
Improving your blood vessel health Artery walls get more elastic, which helps blood flow and pressure.
Decreasing your blood platelet activity They’re involved in strokes and thromboses, as well as atherosclerosis. Chocolate has the same anti-platelet effects as aspirin.
Bettering your cholesterol profile Increases good cholesterol levels/ lowers your bad cholesterol. Even though choc has fats, these counter the negative effects of other saturated fats – some experts think it even lowers it.