Does Dark Chocolate Add Years to Your Life?

Nathalia Valdez , Reporter

Have you ever bought those big Halloween chocolate bags from Costco with multiple options of chocolate? We love chocolate, don’t we? But, let’s be honest – dark chocolate is not our number one choice, (or any choice at all sometimes).  Dark chocolate is usually left at the bottom of the bag and probably thrown away a couple days later. But maybe doing something as simple as having a bitter bite a day could add years to your life.

Dark chocolate has more nutrients than blueberries and acai berries. Dark chocolate is very nutritious and according to Taste Crave “Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and soluble fiber that are exceptionally beneficial for our digestive system.” Antioxidants are compounds that have an extra electron and give it to the free radical (bad) so the free radical doesn’t take electrons from healthy atoms that causes damage in the body.

Dark chocolate also improves functions in the heart and that is one of the key things that add a couple years to your life. Dark chocolate also helps reduce stress and helps prevent skin damage from harmful UV rays.

Dark chocolate can increase blood flow and improve the brains function in a short amount of time. Health Line‘s study concluded that “Healthy volunteers showed that eating high-flavanol cocoa for five days improved blood flow to the brain,”

A few more beneficial reason to eat dark chocolate according to Health Magazine, “the cocoa in dark chocolate can cause a relaxing effect in blood vessel walls, which lowers blood pressure and improves circulation,” Since dark chocolate contains a good amount of antioxidants it also helps protect and reinforce skin, which reduces wrinkles.

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Dark chocolate contains bacteria that breaks down and prevents bloating and is good for your health. Dark chocolate helps keep teeth clean and prevents plaque formation under teeth and fights against cavity.

Dark chocolate might not be delicious, but in the end it sure is beneficial!