Why Dark Chocolate?

People have enjoyed the health benefits of dark chocolate since 460 AD. In fact, between the 1700s and 1900s, more than 100 uses of chocolate (of cacao) existed as a medical treatment. They assisted patients with gaining weight, stimulated the nervous system, and improved digestion and elimination.

In today’s society we associate chocolate with sugar and its use in sweet desserts and drinks. However, it’s not the chocolate that’s harmful to your health. It’s the high amounts of sugar combined with the chocolate. Higher amounts of chocolate without the sugar would benefit people.

Research showed that a society consuming substantial amounts of cocoa can benefit in the following ways:

  • Low prevalence of high blood pressure
  • Very little cardiovascular disease and strokes
  • Low incidence of cancer
  • Lower rates of diabetes

(Reference: National Library of Medicine)

Why is dark chocolate healthy?

For one thing, it’s rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants can reduce or prevent some types of cell damage. It also contains flavonoids and tannins.

Flavonoids contribute to the antioxidant effects of chocolate. They help the cardiovascular and immune system. Also, they reduce blood pressure and improve insulin sensitivity.

How is chocolate good for dental health?

Based on another study, flavonoids were an element added to two pharmaceutical toothpastes. The study found that flavonoids inhibited plaque formation. Flavonoids were also a natural medicine source that was:

  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Supportive of the immune system

In addition, the tannins in chocolate have dental benefits. Tannins fight against biofilm formation. They inhibit the proteins necessary for bacteria to stick to the teeth. Biofilm leads to plaque, which is harmful for the teeth and gums.

Do you have concerns about your dental health?

We’re happy to answer your questions and discuss your concerns about dental care. To make an appointment, call Hutto Hippo Family Dental at (512) 806-7740.