Shining the Light on Dark Chocolate

Shining the Light on Dark Chocolate
If you’ve always wanted to be able to eat chocolate every day (minus the guilt and fear of weight gain), we’re here to tell you that you can. And that it’s good for you.
Scientific-led studies have shown that dark chocolate (milk and white chocolate excluded, sorry) is extremely rich in antioxidants and packed with nutrients, making this bittersweet treat a superfood favourite. Yes, dark chocolate is a superfood. Pair it with the king of all superfoods, macadamia nuts, and you have a match made in superfood heaven. We have taken the best of both to create our dark chocolate macadamia bars.
Let’s dig a little deeper into what makes dark chocolate good for you:
Dark chocolate contains nutrients called flavonoids, which are plant chemicals bursting with antioxidants and playing a pivotal role in cancer prevention and heart health (*source: Journal of Nutritional Science).
The mighty cacao plant that chocolate originates from also contains a compound called theobromine, which is said to help reduce inflammation and potentially lower blood pressure. Remember, the darker and purer you go, the more antioxidants you will get. There is, of course, a balance between eating dark chocolate that is palatable and tastes good and reaping the health benefits.
Your best bet is to choose a bar with 70% or higher. Despite quality dark chocolate being a better choice than milk chocolate, it is still chocolate, meaning it’s high in calories and saturated fat. To avoid weight gain, eat no more than 1 ounce (oz) of dark chocolate daily.
Let’s sum up all the good stuff:

1. Dark Chocolate may help prevent heart disease
One of the most significant benefits researchers found is the role dark chocolate may play in improving heart health. Eating chocolate once a week can lead to an 8% lower risk of blocked arteries.

2. Improves cognition and can boost your mood
No, it’s not just your imagination — studies have shown that consuming dark chocolate with high percentages of cacao benefits your brain. It can stimulate neural activity in areas of the brain associated with pleasure and reward, decreasing stress and improving your mood!

3. Good for blood sugar levels and lowers the risk of diabetes
Eating chocolate doesn’t sound like the best way to prevent diabetes. Still, studies have shown healthy amounts of dark chocolate rich in cacao could improve how the body metabolizes glucose when eaten as part of a healthy diet.

4. Chocolate is beneficial for your gut
Research suggests dark chocolate may play a role in controlling appetite, which could help with weight loss. Who would’ve thought! Eating a bit of dark chocolate before or after meals triggers hormones that signal you’re full.

5. Dark Chocolate is good for tastebuds and overall health
On top of all the good stuff mentioned above, one thing is for sure: dark chocolate contains loads of nutrients: fibre, potassium, calcium, copper, and magnesium. It’s also delicious – bonus!