As the title states, dark chocolate is beneficial to the health of the circulatory system. In other news, we talked about how this food was considered a superfood and also about its impact on our emotional health.
Now it's the heart's turn! According to a publication by the American College of Cardiology, dark chocolate is a rich source of flavonoids, reducing stress reaction levels. Also, according to information from the Science Direct website, dark chocolate rich in flavonoids has an impact on "endothelial function", which is responsible for maintaining cardiovascular health.
But what is the amount needed to include it in the diet? Extracting information from the Heart Foundation, we recommend consumption in small portions, indicating that "about 6 grams per day are more than enough.
However, they also point out that "not all chocolate is equally good. The higher the cacao content, the healthier it is. This is why the quality of chocolate is also important.
Among other recommendations, the Heart Foundation states that chocolate consumption should be accompanied by a balanced diet and constant physical activity.
So don't forget to consult with your nutritionist about the best plan to stay healthy and include a little love (chocolate) in it.