2. La Maison du Chocholatier
3. Ferrero Rocher
Flavanols promote the production of nitric oxide, which relaxes the blood vessels and enhances blood flow. This helps lower blood pressure and ultimately enhances heart health.
These flavanols can also increase insulin sensitivity and possibly cut down diabetes risk.
The other important nutrients include iron, magnesium, pper, zinc, and phosphorus – all of which contribute to your overall health (including cancer prevention).
The flavanols can protect the skin against sun damage. Studies show that dietary flavanols from cocoa offer photoprotection and improve dermal blood circulation.
“NOT EVERYTHING IN CHOCOLATE HEAVEN IS GLORY” — Dr. Martha A. Castro N., MD
UNHEALTHY EFFECTS OR SIDE EFFECTS
The caffeine in dark chocolate (and chocolate, in general), excess intake can lead to anxiety issues (28). Hence, consume it in moderation.
Dark does have great benefits for the heart. But the caffeine it contains might cause irregular heartbeat in susceptible individuals (29). Hence, moderation is key.
OTHER ISSUES WITH CAFFEINE
The caffeine in this product may also aggravate the following conditions (individuals with these conditions must consume dark chocolate in moderation):
High blood pressure
Irritable bowel syndrome