As Easter is fast approaching, it’s important that you’re aware you can still have a Healthy Easter Holiday with the copious amounts of chocolate you’re probably going to consume! In fact, chocolate can actually be a staple addition to your diet…as long as it contains at least 70% of cacao or above.
There are several benefits to eating dark chocolate, however everything should be consumed in moderation. So limiting yourself to 1 ounce (28g) per day will be sufficient enough for the chocolate to have a positive effect on your body.
Cocoa beans are full of antioxidants (more so than grape juice or wine) which helps to reduce inflammations and even lower your blood pressure.
There is a large amount of magnesium in dark chocolate; magnesium is a mineral in which your body requires in order to perform it’s daily functions. Magnesium helps our body to perform important responsibilities, such as building protein, maintaining muscle and nerve function, controlling blood sugar, and regulating blood pressure, these factors will help to decrease the risk of experiencing a heart attack and/or stroke.
This is due to the fact that magnesium equalizes the levels of potassium and sodium in the blood. If you experience abnormal heart rhythms then you may also benefit from increasing your daily dose in order to receive the long term benefits. Magnesium is crucial for coordinating the activity of the heart muscle and the nerves that initiate the heartbeat. It limits complications of congestive heart failure as it helps to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of arrhythmia. These are two frequent complications with congestive heart failure.
Its also a fabulous mineral used for increasing the speed of your metabolism, so for those of you who are looking to shed some excess winter weight then dark chocolate could be a useful and tasty addition to your diet!
There are several other foods which are also high in magnesium so if you can, you should try to incorporate these into your diet on a daily basis:
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts)
Noba wishes everyone a fun-filled and enjoyable Easter Holiday weekend!
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