Unfortunately, most chocolates, such as milk and white, are not the healthiest of food choices, but if you are a dark chocolate fan, you may be in luck.
The secret behind dark chocolate is the cocoa content. Chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa can be extremely good for you. Aside from its numerous health benefits, including preventing heart disease and reducing cholesterol, cocoa can work wonders for the skin. The most important part is the antioxidants, which keeps the skin hydrated, looking supple and youthful, and reduces redness. They also fight free radicals and provide UV protection.
Research documented in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, states, “Regular consumption of a chocolate rich in flavanols confers substantial photoprotection and can thus be effective at protecting human skin from harmful UV effects.”
According to this study, women also noted improvement in the quality of their hair. Some reported stronger, fuller, and more moisturized locks after consuming a few pieces of dark chocolate a week for twelve weeks. This article can be read for more information on the benefits of higher flavanol, or healthier, dark chocolate.
Cocoa can also reduce stress, so if you have a heavy load of work coming up, be sure to pick up some dark chocolate. What is one of the top causes for acne? Stress! So with less stress, comes less breakouts and improved skin. Another benefit of stress reduction is the diminishing of collagen breakdown, minimizing wrinkles and slowing down signs of aging.
To read more on the benefits of dark chocolate, read “19 Amazing Benefits Of Dark Chocolate For Skin, Hair And Health” by Shaista on StyleCraze.com.
And to get the most out of this wholesome treat, you can eat two to three ounces per week, making sure that the chocolate is at least 70% cocoa, or use one of these delicious DIY detoxing masks once a week.