Dark chocolate is chocolate without milk solids hence the lack of milk additives also means that dark chocolate is more prone to a dry, chalky texture and a bitter aftertaste.
However, dark chocolate is often distinguished by the percentage of cocoa solids in the bar; 50-90% cocoa solids.
Dark chocolate Health Benefits
Nutrient Rich Dark chocolates are rich in antioxidants, nutrients and prove positive for your health. However they should be consumed in moderate. A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70–85% cocoa contains.
- 11 grams of fiber
- 67% of the RDI for iron
- 58% of the RDI for magnesium
- 89% of the RDI for copper
- 98% of the RDI for manganese RDI– Recommended Dietary Intake
Keeps you Feeling Full Since, it contains sufficient nutrients and adequate levels of fiber. If you consume it regularly, it will keep you full for hours providing you enough energy
Helps in Blood Circulation As it contains various minerals, vitamins that facilitate in blood circulation. Consuming an adequate quantity of dark chocolate regularly can strengthen your blood vessels.
Reduces Cholesterol and Heart Disease It lowers the chances of LDL to get oxidized (bad cholesterol). Eating dark chocolate a few times a week should cause much less cholesterol to lodge in the arteries and it lowers risks of heart disease over the long term.
Helps brain function Cocoa may also significantly improve cognitive function in elderly people with mental impairment. Cocoa also contains stimulant substances like caffeine and theobromine which improve brain functions.
Promotes Weight Loss Reduces cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods. As they contain with MUFA’S (monounsaturated fatty acids) that are known to boost your metabolism and burn fat.
Prevents Diabetes It reduces insulin resistance. It creates a gas called nitric oxide that helps control insulin sensitivity. People who ate of dark chocolate once a day for 15 days saw their potential for insulin resistance drop by nearly half.
Finally, cocoa contains caffeine and related chemicals. Eating large amounts might cause caffeine-related side effects such as nervousness, increased urination, sleeplessness and a fast heartbeat.