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Dark Chocolate Health Benefits: Cancer Prevention, Improves Heart Health And More

According to statistics, the average American adult eats about 12 pounds of chocolate at an annual level, more than any other person in the world. This then, adds up to the $75 billion that is spent every year on chocolate, a number that doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down anytime soon.

And it’s hardly unsurprising to see why. Chocolate after all, is one of the most popular desserts we have, and its texture and distinct taste is something that most people can agree to like. It’s also incredibly accessible, meaning that anyone can easily enjoy a chocolate bar if they feel like it.

So if Americans eat this much chocolate, then why not eat the one that has the most health benefits? And that is dark chocolate, which rises above all other chocolates with its numerous (and impressive) health benefits. Here are some of the many health benefits you get from eating this dark, tasty treat:

Potential cancer prevention

Surprising? We know. Research shows that flavonoids and antioxidants found in dark chocolate has the potential to ward off that nasty disease.

Protection from free radicals

One of chocolate’s best abilities is to fight free radicals, which oftentimes cause cell, protein and DNA damage.

Improved heart health

Per research, the flavonoids found in chocolate can help your heart beat a little healthier and longer. The same flavonoids can also help prevent your blood from clotting, reducing the risk of developing stroke.

Good for cholesterol profile

Per a review of 10 studies, eating flavonol-rich dark chocolate is effective in helping reduce LDL (or bad) cholesterol, which can be a major risk for developing heart disease.

Antioxidant-rich superfood

It may not seem like it since chocolate is taken as a dessert, but dark chocolate actually has very high antioxidant content. Its polyphenol serving is also high, making it a superfood on that account.

Better cognitive function

Per some studies, the flavonol found in chocolate can help improve blood flow to the brain, which improves our brain function and cognitive performance.

Better blood pressure

Research also shows that dark chocolate can help reduce blood pressure levels.

Dark Chocolate Two studies have found health benefits in dark chocolate which is high in cacao and low in sugar. Charisse Kenion/Unsplash