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Health benefits and risks of dark chocolates for chocolate lovers

06:07 PM Feb 09, 2019 IST | APN Live
health benefits and risks of dark chocolates for chocolate lovers

Chocolates bridge the gap between two souls and blossoms the bud of love in the heart of our love birds. It is the only thing that rejoices chocolate lovers.


Giving a chocolate treat and gifting chocolate bouquet, chocolate boxes, chocolate balls and bars are in trend. It is used to express love and adds happiness on sad faces.

Especially in the month of affection, February, chocolates become more significant to express your love for your beloved.


Dark chocolates are preferred by many chocolate lovers, but one should be aware of its side effects on health.

Almost everything in the world has its fruitful side and harmful too, so the same follows with dark chocolates.


Benefits of dark chocolates

Combat heart diseases

Flavonoids are the antioxidant present in dark chocolate that helps in maintaining heart health.

Antioxidants are the best elements that a body can receive or produce as they are able to prevent ageing by free radicals that can cause heart diseases.

Maintains blood sugar level

You will be amazed to know that sugar enriched substance dark chocolate is very beneficial in maintaining the blood sugar level. The amount of sugar in dark chocolate does not affect your body much as its glycemic index is low.

Mood Booster

It is very necessary to fight stress because it is one of the reasons that spoil our mood and makes us feel low. The contents of dark chocolates help in the production of endorphins which are produced by the brain cells and are known to alleviate the mood.

Dark chocolate stimulates the brain cell and helps in relaxing the person.

Protects skin

The bioactive compounds in dark chocolate are highly beneficial for skin. The content of flavonoids in dark chocolate can improve blood flow in the skin and protect it from harmful UV rays of the Sun.

Improves eyesight

Weak eyesight is a common problem these days. But do you know this problem can be cured by consuming sweetest medicine? Yeah, you heard right sweetest medicine. The flavonoids in dark chocolate help in improving blood flow in the brain. This further help in improving the vision on account of better blood flow.

Health risks of dark chocolates

Although dark chocolates are infused with endless health benefits there is some drawback of dark chocolates as well.

Dark chocolate contains caffeine

Dark chocolate has higher caffeine content as compared to milk chocolate and white chocolate.

Consuming an excessive amount of dark chocolate can increase the risk of diarrhoea, anxiety, irritability, nervousness, and dehydration.

Caffeine can also cause blood pressure and can create difficulty in concentration.

Increase the risk of kidney stone

Dark chocolate has oxalates in it which can cause an increase in urinary oxalate excretion and can increase the risk of forming kidney stones.

Increase migraine headache

Dark chocolate can trigger migraine headache. It contains a natural chemical called tyramine. Tyramine can increase the intensity and frequency of marginal attacks and headache.

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