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Chocolate is always a great start for a good day. It can boost health in numerous ways, it is extremely nutritious and has a powerful source of antioxidants. Dark chocolate even helps reduce memory loss and improves cognitive function.
One study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, suggests that daily consumption of chocolate can be especially healthy.
Their findings reveal, that 100 grams of chocolate per day lowers insulin resistance and improves liver enzymes. Additionally, the analyzed members were physically more active, more educated, and looked younger.
The powerful benefits come from cocoa flavanols, which prevent cardiovascular diseases, and improve blood flow to a part of the brain particularly affected by aging.
According to HealthLine eating chocolate every day is good for your brain.
A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70–85% cocoa contains:
- 11 grams of fiber
- 67% of the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) for iron
- 58% of the RDI for magnesium
- 89% of the RDI for copper
- 98% of the RDI for manganese
- It also has plenty of potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and selenium
Now, here is a simple recipe for a delicious homemade chocolate bar:
- 1 cup raw cacao
- 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup organic, cold-pressed coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- A handful of almonds, chopped into slivers (optional)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat, then add all the ingredients except for the almonds, and melt together. Next, lay out a cookie sheet with parchment paper on it, pour over the mixture, and make a rectangle. Lastly, sprinkle the almonds on top, and set the pan aside to cool. Enjoy!