For many, chocolate is the main culprit for migraines, acne and obesity. This cannot be based on facts, though. On the contrary, chocolate might even be good for you!
According to myvmc.com, there is evidence that suggests that chocolate plays a role in the performance of your endothelium, the tissue layer that lines your arteries. Apparently, consuming chocolate increases the amount of nitric oxide which causes arteries to expand and facilitate blood flow. This also has a positive impact on your cardiovascular health. Flavanol, one of the polyphenols found in cocoa, stimulates nitric acid secretion, which then widens the arteries. Nitric oxide also has anti-platelet effects, which means it protects against the formation of blood clots.
There is also evidence that shows that chocolate consumption can reduce blood pressure and that moderate consumption of dark chocolate could reduce the risk of coronary problems. Something that we found fascinating was the conclusion from a Norwegian study which suggests that chocolate consumption can even improve insulin sensitivity, reducing the risk of diabetes.
While evidence regarding chocolate’s effect on cancer is still somewhat contradictory, there are even studies that have shown that cocoa-derived flavonoids interrupt the replication of cancer cells.
As we very well know, nutritional intake has a huge effect on our skin. It also has an effect on our skin’s photoprotection (protection from light). Dietary antioxidants like flavanol in cocoa might have a photoprotective effect on your skin by reducing the skin cells’ sensitivity to UV exposure. We also know that sugar has a negative effect on our skin. So, what about chocolate? According to Emma Hobson from the International Derman Institute and Dermalogica, dark chocolate is the way to go. Why? Dark chocolate contains more zinc, which is a crucial component in the healing process for your skin. It also contains 50% less sugar, which is great because sugar hardens skin proteins, causing premature ageing. The large amount of cocoa polyphenols, like flavanol, are terrific antioxidants which in turn have numerous benefiting effects. According to overstock.com antioxidants calm inflammation, it helps to firm your skin, it plumps out your skin and makes it appear younger, it helps with the treatment of scar tissue and the reparation of sun-damaged skin. Dark chocolate prevents the breakdown of collagen, which is important for making your skin look younger. It is also rich in Vitamins A, B1, C, D and E, as well as iron and calcium.
Rather go for dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. Try Lindt’s LES GRANDES Dark Hazelnut, Swiss Classic Surfin or their EXCELLENCE range. Woolworths also has organic dark chocolate on their shelves which is definitely worth a try. You’ll also find DV Chocolate on their shelves – deliciously pure, dark chocolate. Nova is an absolute niche with the most beautiful packaging! They sell sugar- free dark chocolate, hot chocolate and chocolate balsamic reductions and you’ll find them at our restaurant of the month, Chocolat et Café.