Well folks, today is National Dark Chocolate Day. Oh yeah, we said it! There are many chocolate holidays throughout the year to satisfy all the chocolate lovers, and yes, we do know that chocolate makes the world go round. That’s why we’re here not only to explore the many health benefits of dark chocolate, but also to give you an opportunity to shop your favorite chocolate treats! Dark Chocolate is often referred to as a “guilty pleasure” but there’s no reason to feel guilty about indulging in a little bit of chocolate-y goodness. Scroll down and you’ll learn why dark chocolate is good for your head AND your heart!

The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Besides the fact that eating dark chocolate gives us pleasure by releasing endorphins, there are many other health benefits to eating this tasty treat that will make it that much more enjoyable. The list could go on forever, but we decided to focus on our top 5 dark chocolate health benefits:

Good for the heart.

First off, dark chocolate can be beneficial for your heart. The cacao bean, where dark chocolate derives from, is high in flavanols, a plant nutrient, which has been shown to help repair damage from environmental toxins.

Decreases blood pressure.

Chronic high blood pressure can wreak havoc on your body and can lead to many serious, long-term problems such as heart disease, stroke and dementia. These flavanols help improve vascular function. The flavanols have also been linked to improving blood flow to your heart and brain which can lower your blood pressure and decrease the risk of blood clotting.

Little-to-no fat.

Dark chocolate contains very little fat content. One of the healthy fats found in dark chocolate is called stearic acid, which is a saturated fat and has been shown to help with blood cholesterol levels.

Provides skin protection.

If you’re planning a vacation that will involve many sun rays hitting your body, you may want to build up some UV resistance beforehand! “Woah – eating dark chocolate can protect my skin from the sun?” This links back to the flavanol contents in dark chocolate that help with blood flow to your skin, protecting against sun-damage and aiding hydration.

Nutrients galore.

Dark chocolate contains high amounts of fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and many more. That sentence speaks for itself…I mean, who would turn down all these nutrients?

Remember kids, parents, adults: flavanols, flavanols, flavanols! All you need to know is dark chocolate is full of them and they have tremendous benefits to your health! Now that our info session has come to an end, we don’t want to stop you any longer from shopping our delicious selection of dark chocolates! Also, don’t forget to take a look at our Malley’s locations to see if there’s one near you. Happy National Dark Chocolate Day!