What are the benefits of dark chocolate?
One of its main assets remains its good flavonoid contents , antioxidants from the polyphenol family. These substances help lower blood pressure and have beneficial effects on the heart. Polyphenols also fight against cell aging and stimulate cognitive function. But that’s not all ! The caffeine and theobromine contained in dark chocolate have a stimulating effect, both physical and cerebral.
Another advantage, cocoa is rich in tryptophan , which turns into serotonin. Called “happiness hormone”, it is known for its soothing action. Combined with the sugar and magnesium contained in chocolate, serotonin has a real anti-stress role . It is well known, chewing a square of chocolate is good for morale!
Please note, all these advantages exist thanks to the presence of cocoa: it is therefore in dark chocolate (a fortiori if it contains a high percentage of cocoa) that we will find them. Forget about white chocolate (which does not contain cocoa), and to a lesser extent, milk chocolate, whose percentage of cocoa is much lower than in the dark.
Can chocolate prevent sleep?
Let’s be careful. On the one hand, chocolate contains magnesium which helps regulate wakefulness-sleep cycles. It would therefore be rather beneficial in the evening. But it also contains caffeine which can interfere with falling asleep. That said, 1 or 2 squares will not affect your sleep much. One thing is certain, if you consume too much of it, you risk sleeping badly . Because chocolate is a fatty product and its lipids are nutrients that take a long time to digest. However, the body does not know how to both digest and rest … We therefore avoid chocolate fondue at dinner!
Is chocolate bad for cholesterol?
No, it’s the opposite ! The polyphenols in cocoa can help limit the development of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) that clogs arteries. Eating a few pieces of dark chocolate daily is therefore quite good!
What vitamins in dark chocolate?
Good news, dark chocolate also provides vitamins, including vitamin B9 (also known as folic acid or folates). It is essential especially in pregnant women because it is essential for the development of the nervous system of the embryo.
There are also some E vitamins , and more specifically tocopherol, present in cocoa butter, one of the major components of chocolate. Like polyphenols, vitamin E is adorned with antioxidant properties that fight against cell aging.
Finally, dark chocolate provides a little vitamin D , which plays an important role in fixing calcium in the body.
Be careful however, although adorned with many virtues, chocolate is a product high in fat and very caloric. A pure “pleasure product” to consume with a certain moderation !
Thanks to Solveig Darrigo – dietitian nutritionist – Cuisine 3 S