The world is filled with chocolate lovers and for most of us it is the go-to comfort food.
Made from cocoa, chocolate offers a heavenly taste. But those trying to lose weight are often worried about the calories and sugar present in chocolate. And that’s why many prefer dark chocolate. But are dark chocolates really healthy? Is it suited for daily consumption?
Let’s take a look at what experts have to say about it:
Choosing dark chocolate is one of the healthiest swaps that you can make. Dark chocolate is rich in iron, magnesium, zinc and many other minerals. It is also loaded with antioxidants that can help boost heart health. According to studies, it can also improve your blood flow and regulate blood pressure.
Further, dark chocolate contains polyphenols and flavonoids that can help in increasing insulin sensitivity, enhance your mood and satisfy your sugar and hunger cravings.
Nutritionists say that, “Many eat dark chocolate as a healthy alternative to beat sugar cravings. But next time if you are indulging in dark chocolate make sure that you read the labels carefully. Some dark chocolates are very high in sugar.”
Checking the labels can help you know exactly what dark chocolate contains. Avoid choosing options that are loaded with sugar as they can add unnecessary calories to your diet.
How much should you consume?
“Don’t over indulge, the quantity should be limited to two cubes a day. Otherwise it can add up to too much sugar and fat to your diet. Too much consumption of dark chocolate I can give you acidity and also load up your diet with caffeine,” nutritionists warn.