Dark chocolate's main health benefit lies in the fact that it lowers high blood pressure, but one should not ingest too much since it contains many calories.
Dark chocolate is a very potent antioxidant and it reduces the amount of free radicals and other destructive molecules usually associated with various heart diseases and many other illnesses. But one should also notice that milk interferes with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate so it can minimize the health benefits associated with the moderate ingestion of dark chocolate.
Various research dealing with lowering blood pressure with dark chocolate included people eating 100 gram candy
bars on a daily basis for two weeks. Half of them got dark chocolate while the
other half got white chocolate and during the research they had to balance the
calorie intake by not eating any food that has nutritional values and calories
similar to those of chocolate. The ones who got dark chocolate showed
results of significant drops in blood pressure, while the ones who got white
chocolate did not show any improvement.
Another study involved younger participants who ate 100 grams of dark chocolate, 100 grams of dark chocolate with a glass of milk, and 200 grams of milk chocolate on different days. One hour after ingestion, each participant who had dark chocolate had the highest amount of antioxidants in the blood, along with high levels of epicatechin. Epicatechin is a very healthy compound which can be found in any kind of chocolate. Those who had milk with their dark chocolate and of course those who ate plain milk chocolate had significantly lower levels of antioxidants and epicatechin in their blood.
Cocoa phenols are a type of compound that is a key ingredient in lowering the blood pressure. Dark chocolate is generally better than ordinary milk chocolate and one should pay attention to the fact that European made chocolates are usually richer in cocoa phenols than the ones made in America.
The most important thing that a person should not forget is that the calories always must be well balanced. With 100 grams of dark chocolate comes approximately ten times more calories than the same amount found in raw apples. But the apples do not have the blood pressure benefit that comes in the very delicious form of dark chocolate.
A person can switch their sweets to chocolate if intending to go with the truffle treatment.