Cocoa naturally has a very strong, pungent taste, which comes from the flavanols. When cocoa is processed into your favorite chocolate products, it goes through several steps to reduce this taste. The more chocolate is processed (through things like fermentation, alkalizing, roasting, etc.) the more flavanols are lost.
Most commercial chocolates are highly processed. Although it was once believed that dark chocolate contained the highest levels flavanols, recent research indicates that, depending on how the dark chocolate was processed, this may not be true. The good news is that the most major chocolate manufacturers are looking for ways to keep the flavanols in their processed chocolate. But for now, your best choices are likely dark chocolate over milk chocolate (especially milk chocolate that is loaded with other fats and sugars) and cocoa powder that has not undergone Dutch processing (cocoa that is treated with an alkali to neutralize its natural acidity)
Chocolate Reduces Risk of Stroke
Women who ate more than 45 grams of chocolate a week can reduce their risk of stroke by 20 percent compared to women who ate less than nine grams of chocolate.
Chocolate Improves Heart Health
Eating chocolate lowers blood pressure, lowers bad LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Dark chocolate is good for a healthy heart because it is against inflammation and reduce cardiovascular risk.
Dark chocolate is rich in fiber content. Eating chocolate can make you feel fuller than eating other snacks. Dark chocolate available also reduce the desire to eat sweet, salty and fatty foods.
Chocolate Fight Diabetes
Regularly eating chocolate improves insulin sensitivity reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
Protect your Skin with Chocolate
Chocolate cause acne? It is not true. Dark chocolate is actually good for the skin. Flavonoids, antioxidants found in dark chocolate provides protection from UV damage from the sun.
Increase Blood Flow with Chocolate
Chocolate can improve blood circulation as cocoa have anti-freeze that acts just like aspirin which can improve blood circulation.
Chocolate Improves Eyesight
Due to the ability of cocoa improves blood flow mostly to the brain, researchers at Reading University found that chocolate can improve blood flow to the retina that provides stimulation and visual capabilities.