Dark chocolate is not only delicious but also highly nutritious. Because of its many health-promoting benefits, it should not be seen as an occasional or a guilty pleasure but, when made right, it is one-of-a-kind, powerful, awesome, superfood. That's why Keto Cacao bars are made with up to 75% high-quality cacao.
Here are 5 reasons why you should eat dark chocolate every day:
1. It’s high in antioxidants.
Did you know that pure chocolate made with raw cacao it is one of the higher in antioxidants than fruit?
Before you go running to grab a chocolate bar, remember that cacao content matters. Always go for 70% and higher to make sure you get a high share of antioxidants. And forget the milky, sugary, and over-processed crap because those are sources of nothing but empty calories. Adding extras to chocolate, like milk and sugar, actually blocks the antioxidants off the cacao.
But why should we eat foods high in antioxidants?
Antioxidants are substances that prevent damage to our cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals are naturally produced by our bodies when converting food to energy but also when we breathe or are exposed to sunlight. When in balance, it does no harm, but internal or external factors such as inflammation or UV exposure can cause the production of free radicals to increase.
When you have more free radicals then antioxidants in your body, it can result in something called oxidative stress. Many diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, have been linked to oxidative stress. Antioxidants help keep the free radicals in balance, protecting our cells from damaging and so reducing the risk of diseases, keeping us healthy for longer. That’s why it’s very important to have a diet filled with natural antioxidants, just like our dark chocolate.
2. It’s nutritious and super fatty!
A high quality, crap-free dark chocolate bar has plenty of healthy fats, soluble fiber, and minerals essential to our diet. Most of the fatty acids on a dark chocolate bar are good saturated and monounsaturated fats. No villains! In our Keto Cacao bars, we add MCT oil powder from c8/c10 (derived from coconuts and no sugar added). The fatter, the better! This way we made dark chocolate that is not only a nutritious treat but a filling snack for sustainable energy, satisfying that late-afternoon hunger and food cravings. Altogether this is not only great for your body but it also helps in the process of weight-loss.
There’s also a large number of essential minerals in dark chocolate. To give an idea, an ounce (28g) of a 70-85% dark chocolate bar contains approximately this amount in percentage to daily recommended doses: 16% of magnesium, 19% of iron, 6% of zinc, 2% calcium, 25% copper, just to name a few.
3. It’s your heart’s best friend.
Studies have shown that, because dark chocolate is so rich in antioxidants, eating eat a little bit, every day, can support blood flow, blood pressure, and inflammation, lowering the risk for heart disease. These antioxidant substances found in dark chocolate work also for reducing insulin resistance, another risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. Not only that but by improving blood sugar control, it also helps managing cravings and keeps energy levels steady.
At Keto Cacao, we cannot stop talking about the importance of using a Low GI (Glycemic Index) natural sweetener, like Erythritol. The use of a high GI sweetener would counteract these same effects from cacao. So, next time you are in doubt of which dark chocolate bar to go for, check the GI scale of the sweetener.
4. It’s delicious
The taste of good dark chocolate, melting in the mouth is just indescribable. Because there is no sugar at all in our Keto Cacao bars, the quality of the cacao beans is mostly much better. That alone should be one good reason, right? 😉
5. It makes you happy and can help bringing sexy back (wink, wink)
It’s not a coincidence that chocolate is the number one gift on Valentine’s Day and many other lovers occasion. And no, it’s not because it looks cute in a heart-shaped box but it’s because it scientifically does make you feel a little… hot in there. If you know what we mean…
But if you’ve received a heart-shaped box before and didn’t feel any of it. Well, that may be because of the cacao content. Dark chocolate (70% and higher) is rich in a substance called phenylethylamine. This compound triggers the release of endorphin and feel-good dopamine, causing an estate of euphoria, joy, and pleasure. Just like when you feel you’re in love. Awn.
Although a study may disagree of the fact the amount of the libido-enhancing properties in dark chocolate is a bit small to cause a physiological effect, well, we can certainly agree that it doesn’t make us cry tears of sadness when indulging a bar of Keto Cacao - right? Oh hell, no! Our full happy tummies thank dark chocolate for its wonderful existence.
And that's our top 5 reasons why dark chocolate is such an awesome superfood.
Not convinced yet? You can also find here Dr. Axe's more in-depth explanations on these and other great reasons why dark chocolate is good for you.
If you haven't tried our Keto Cacao bars, we're available in three delicious dark chocolate flavors: Dark, Hazelnut, and Coconut via our webshop and through one of our awesome resellers. Find the nearest (online) shop and have a happy, nutritious, and sexy weekend!