Urgent Care Topic: Dark chocolate’s health benefits
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and when you think about the typical gifts there are usually some forms of chocolate and flowers involved. If you really love your sweetheart, perhaps you should pick a sweet treat that is healthier. Dark chocolate has been studied by many nutritionists and has been said to have more health benefits than its rivals like white chocolate or milk chocolate. First Med Urgent Care decided to list the known benefits of dark chocolate for all of you looking for a healthier alternative this Valentine’s Day.
Dark chocolate has 70% cocoa and the cocoa solids contain health compounds called flavonols. These provide antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. This can lead to lower blood sugar levels and improved cholesterol levels. Some people argue that eating dark chocolate is bad for their health all together, but some studies disprove this theory.
For example, a study conducted by the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions concluded that blood flow increased significantly in both study groups who ate dark chocolate with and without sugar. Interestingly, the blood flow actually dropped in the placebo group.
Of course, First Med Urgent Care stands by the reasoning that eating anything with sugar in it is recommended to be consumed in moderation. The good news is that you can enjoy dark chocolate and studies show that you should. Maybe that will give you motivation to stick to dark chocolate this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!
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