Urgent Care Topic: Dark Chocolate Benefits
Looking for something sweet to include as part of your Mother’s Day gift? Chocolate is a favorite amongst many, but more health conscious moms may not consume as much as they once did. Believe it or not there are studies conducted by several nutritionists which have shown that dark chocolate actually has more health benefits than its rivals like white chocolate of milk chocolate! Today, our CareXpress Urgent Care lists a few reasons why you should choose dark chocolate if you’re looking for a slightly healthier treat.
Dark chocolate is made up of at least 70% cocoa and the cocoa solids are what contain the health compounds known as flavonols. The flavonols provide both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which are important to the body. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in food have been suggested to help those who consume enough to lower their blood sugar levels and see an improvement in cholesterol levels.
While some people still argue that eating dark chocolate is bad for their health there are multiple studies to disprove this theory. One such study was conducted by the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions. The results concluded that blood flow increased significantly in both study groups who ate dark chocolate with and without sugar. Interestingly, the blood flow actually dropped in the placebo group.
Of course, our urgent care doctors would stand by the reasoning that eating anything with sugar in it is recommended to be consumed in moderation. The good news is that you can enjoy dark chocolate once in awhile and studies show that you should. Maybe that will give you motivation to stick to dark chocolate for your Mother’s Day gifts this year. Enjoy!
We hope that you’ll have a great Mother’s Day weekend and that you won’t need to see us, but should you need urgent care, several of our CareXpress Urgent Care locations are open on Sunday! Click here to see our urgent care medical clinic hours and locations.