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7 Reasons Doctors Recommend Eating Dark Chocolate Every Day

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about interesting things.

Doctor recommend eating dark chocolate every day for health benefits

Doctor recommend eating dark chocolate every day for health benefits

No More Guilt

Almost everyone loves chocolate. However, a lot of people don't eat it as often as they want to because they have been misinformed. They focus on the danger of eating it rather than on the benefits dark chocolate offers.

Even though you probably don’t need another reason to eat more chocolate, doctors have given seven reasons why you should eat dark chocolate every day. Now you don't need to sneak and eat it or feel guilty when you eat it.

1. Boost Memory

Studies have shown that dark chocolate is a memory booster. Studies were conducted on college students. The findings showed that those who eat dark chocolate regularly performed better on memory tests than those who didn't.

Doctors recommend dark chocolate to those from college students to older adults and everyone else in between. They concluded that it is the cocoa in the dark chocolate that gives power to the brain that results in a better memory.

Eat dark chocolate for a good night's sleep.

Eat dark chocolate for a good night's sleep.

2. For Better Sleep

Do you toss and turn at night? Do you feel tired in the morning?

Doctors stand by their recommendation that eating dark chocolate will help you sleep better at night. With this information, you can enjoy dark chocolate, get a good night's sleep and feel refreshed when you wake up in the morning.


3. Reduces Risk of Dementia

Studies done on older adults found that those who eat dark chocolate on a regular basis are less likely to develop dementia. That's because the ingredients in dark chocolate boost brain power which lead to more cognitive benefits.

People of all ages will benefit from consuming chocolate. When tested, older adults had better results.


4. Improved Brain Health

These recommendations are for dark chocolate because the ingredients are different from milk chocolate or white chocolate which are filled with sugar and chemical additives.

Make sure it is dark chocolate that you eat because that's the type that is filled with health benefits for the brain. Research shows that eating about an ounce of dark chocolate every day will have tremendous benefits for the brain, but the benefits are not just limited to the brain.

Dark chocolate has many health benefits.

Dark chocolate has many health benefits.

5. Lowers Inflammation

Inflammation in the body leads to several health issues. Inflammation may include diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

A study conducted in Italy showed that patients who eat dark chocolate every three days had 27% lower levels of inflammation in their bodies. This is reason enough to eat dark chocolate every day, but there are more reasons to do so.

6. Prevents Heart Disease

A study was conducted in Scotland that proved dark chocolate helps to lower the risk of heart disease. Nearly 5,000 Scottish people who eat dark chocolate more than five times per week had a 42 percent lower risk of heart disease.

Eating dark chocolate reduces stress.

Eating dark chocolate reduces stress.

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7. Reduces Stress

Swiss researchers recommend eating 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate every day. Within two weeks, there will be a decrease in the levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone.

Cortisol interferes with healthy hormone functions. It also increases inflammation in the body and raises blood pressure levels. Therefore, people should eat dark chocolate on a regular basis.

Only Dark Chocolate

While doctors and researchers stand behind the eating of dark chocolate for better health, they emphasize the importance of making sure it is dark chocolate and not some other kind.

To get the most benefits, you should eat organic chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cocoa. The higher the cocoa content, the more flavonoids it has the more health benefits you will get.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 28, 2018:

The Stages of ME, I am out of dark chocolate, but I do intend to get some today. I will not feel guilty since that's what the doctor ordered.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on May 28, 2018:

Yeah!!!!! No guilt bring on the dark chocolate.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 06, 2018:

Tim, Dark chocolate is good and good for you and your wife. Make sure you buy enough for both of you. ENJOY!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on May 06, 2018:

Now, I can justify my fondness for dark chocolate to my wife without guilt. I treasure the stuff. The only problem now will be making sure we get enough for the both of us. We are chocolate fans, indeed!

Thanks. Interesting and helpful article.



Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 05, 2018:

WOW, A B Williams, have a bite of dark chocolate on me. Yes, dark chocolate provides more benefits than milk chocolate and white chocolate. Enjoy!

Angie B Williams from Central Florida, USA on May 05, 2018:

I could not scroll past, you had me at dark chocolate!

I prefer dark over milk or white, always have, so this is great news. I will pick some up today.

Very informative!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 05, 2018:

Mary, yes that is a very good reason to eat chocolate, but make sure it is the dark kind.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 05, 2018:

Good to know about these benefits. I can now indulge myself. Dementia is one I truly fear.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 05, 2018:

Eric, now I can eat dark chocolate without feeling guilty.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 05, 2018:

Quite interesting. I will get some and maybe 3 days a week. I like it better than the sweet normal stuff.

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