For many people, an addiction to sweet treats can be seen as a problem-- and very rarely are sugary snacks seen as a benefit to your health rather than a detriment. When considering dessert, many individuals see indulging themselves as cheating on their diet or simply allowing themselves a little bit of something unhealthy to satisfy their sweet tooth. In reality, there are great options for sugar addicts that won't leave you feeling bad about your decision after consumption. One of the greatest examples of a healthy dessert is dark chocolate, a treat that holds more health benefits than you probably realize. From nutrition to repelling the harmful effects of the sun, the list of chocolate benefits are nearly endless:
One of the last things you likely consider when choosing something to eat for a sweet snack or dessert is nutrition, simply because the majority of people don't consider sweet foods to be nutritious. Surprisingly though, dark chocolate holds not one but a wide variety of nutritious minerals (based on a 101 gram bar):
- 11 grams of fiber
- High percentages of minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium, and zinc.
- In terms of fats and fatty acids, dark chocolate is low in polyunsaturates and higher in good fats such as saturated and monounsaturated fats.
If you've recently discovered that you have high blood pressure, the solution may be available in a sweeter form than taking a load of pills. Scientists have discovered that consuming dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure by increasing the amount of nitrous oxide within your blood. Of course, this holds significance for more than simply your blood pressure, as the process also reduces your risk of stroke and heart failure. In other words, eating dark chocolate can actually help you live longer with more vitality!
This one sounds crazy: what's the first thing you reach for when you're trying to avoid getting fried by the summer sun? Most people would answer sunscreen, but researchers say that you might also want to reach for a bar of dark chocolate. By consuming the bar before going out into the sun, scientists discovered that those who had eaten the sweet treat were able to resist double the amount of exposure to the sun before turning red (as opposed to those who hadn't). While it's still not a full substitute for sunscreen and avoiding long sun exposure, dark chocolate is a tasty way to protect your skin against harm. So, while ordering dessert from your favorite restaurant like Riptide Marine Pub Grill & Catering, don't skimp on the dark chocolate!