Dark chocolate is a good source of fiber, antioxidants, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium. Along with that there is the high calorie count so it should only be eaten in moderation and counted towards limited starch. There are some health benefits to having chocolate that give you a good reason to sneak it in. Dark chocolate has a wide variety of antioxidants – in some cases more than other foods. It can improve your blood flow and lower blood pressure.

It raises the HDL (good cholesterol) and protects against LDL (bad cholesterol). Along with having the ability to lower the risk of heart disease. Studies show that the flavanols from cocoa improve blood flow to the skin and protects it against sun damage. Consuming high- flavanol cocoa improved blood flow into the brain which increase brain function.

helpful nutritional facts from healthy lifestyle secretsSecret: The higher the cocoa content the better it is for you. If you want a bitter sweet snack then having a small piece of 70% to 85% dark chocolate is the best route to go. Remember that dark chocolate is a limited starch.

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