Dark Force Chocolate is good for you?! Fear not: we haven’t lost it, and this page isn’t ‘brought to you in association with Nestlé’ – it’s really true. Here’s the skinny…
Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a sexy-sounding organic compound that encourages your brain to release endorphins, thus making you feel happier. It’s the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love, which is nice. Plus, chocolate never drops your favourite mug, and you never catch chocolate cheating on you with your best friend… Look, we’ve all been hurt before, all right?
Dark chocolate has a lower glycemic index than other chocolate, meaning it won’t cause a huge spike in your blood sugar level. Steady on there, Augustus Gloop, eating nine family-size bars of it is still probably not the best idea.
NO TOOTH HURTY
It contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel, thus reducing your risk of cavities. Theobromine can also help to suppress coughs, and chocolate tastes a damn sight better than cough medicine. Seriously, they can put a man on the moon but they can’t produce cough syrup in a flavour other than ‘aniseed-soaked dog vomit’? Get your priorities right, science.
Studies show that eating a small amount of the dark stuff two or three times a week can help lower your blood pressure. It also improves blood flow, and can help prevent the hardening of the arteries and the formation of blood clots. Now, when you say ‘small amount’… *Looks optimistically at two-metre long Toblerone Dark*
TWO GOOD TO BE TRUE
Before you stick your whole head into a giant Easter egg and wear it like a crash helmet, bear in mind that the recommended serving is only a couple of squares. Chocolate is high in calories and saturated fats, so don’t go overboard. Chocolate with a cocoa content (or ‘darkness’) of at least 70% has the greatest health benefits.