Health benefits of dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is also known as plain chocolate or black chocolate. It contains higher percentage of cocoa solids and cocoa butter than milk chocolate. The antioxidants are present in dark chocolate. It is the potential antioxidant superfood which has increased in demand due to its benefits in recent times.

 

The health benefits of dark chocolate are:

Protection from the disease causing free radicals: The antioxidants are rich in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which fight against the toxins produced in the body. The antioxidants are polyphenols and flavonoids.

Cancer prevention: There is limited evidence on this concept on the benefit of dark chocolate on cancer prevention.

Improvement in heart conditions: Flavonoids help in lowering blood pressure and cardiovascular risks. It significantly improves the circulation to the heart in healthy adults.

Improves the overall cholesterol of the body: The stearic acid and palmitic acids are present in dark chocolate. The stearic acid and cocoa polyphenols are involved in cholesterol control. The regular consumption of dark chocolate reduces LDL cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol.

Better cognitive function: Increase in blood flow to cerebral grey matter is beneficial in dementia and stroke. The improvement in cognitive function is dose dependent on the consumption of the dark chocolate.

Diabetes fitness

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder where there is defective in insulin production or insulin action or both. The diabetic people need to keep fit to prevent the further complications and maintain the sugar levels at an optimal range.

The best exercise options for diabetics are,

Walking: The antioxidants are rich in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which fight against the toxins produced in the body. The antioxidants are polyphenols and flavonoids.

Tai Chi: There is limited evidence on this concept on the benefit of dark chocolate on cancer prevention.

Weight training: Flavonoids help in lowering blood pressure and cardiovascular risks. It significantly improves the circulation to the heart in healthy adults.

Yoga: The stearic acid and palmitic acids are present in dark chocolate. The stearic acid and cocoa polyphenols are involved in cholesterol control. The regular consumption of dark chocolate reduces LDL cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol.

Swimming: Increase in blood flow to cerebral grey matter is beneficial in dementia and stroke. The improvement in cognitive function is dose dependent on the consumption of the dark chocolate.

Stationary bicycling: It makes the heart stronger and improves lung function. This exercise can be performed indoors and at any time of the day.

Repercussions Of Over Eating

Overeating is a disorder which affects both the physical and mental status of the person. People tend to overeat sometimes due to boredom. Some people eat just for the sake of eating or to improve their physical appearance. The various emotions like anger, sadness, hurt, betrayal, heartbreak, disappointment leads to binge eating.

Some of the effects of over eating are below:

Weight gain and obesity: Excessive overeating leads to uncontrolled weight gain and obesity. This leads to irritation, mood swings, joint pains, depression and also affects the personality of the person. They lose their self-confidence and develop inferiority complex.

Emotional distress: There is no feeling of satiety after the meal and it leads to emotional eating.

Eating disorder: The person develops eating disorder and this love for food replaces everything else in life including the relationships with friends and family.

Health disorders: The overeating leads to variety of health disorders as it affects all the organs of the body causing organ malfunctions (kidney, liver stomach), bad breath, body odor, lack of concentration, skin diseases like acne, high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels, acid reflux diseases.
Eating consciously and healthy food is more important to have a healthy body in a healthy mind.