Many of us love chocolate, but there is more to this yummy treat than just great taste.
If you have been looking for a good excuse to eat some chocolate, look no further. It turns out that dark chocolate has a whole host of positive health benefits that can be great for seniors and their overall health.
The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Chocolate in its purest and healthiest forms is high in antioxidants and can be great for health in the following ways:
- Promotion of Heart Health (Lowering of Blood Pressure, Clot and Stroke Reduction, Improved Circulation)
- Potential Cancer Fighting Abilities (As a result of Flavonoids)
- Good for Cholesterol Levels (Cocoa Butter has Healthy Monounsaturated Fats)
- Better Cognitive Function (Flavonoids can be great for Brain Health)
- Blood Sugar Balance
- Skin Health (Protection from Sun Damage)
- Better Mood (Releases Endorphins)
On top of these great benefits to health, chocolate also just tastes great, and seniors can feel good about an indulgence that is also great for their bodies and minds.
Moderation is Key
As is the case with many of life’s great joys and pleasures, moderation is key. Even with all of the wonderful health benefits that chocolate can offer seniors, eating an excess can have its downsides. Chocolate can be high is both calories and caffeine, so while seniors should allow themselves to enjoy some chocolate, they should also use some discretion and try not to go overboard.
The problem with chocolate is that many of the processed treats and chocolatey junk foods are full of additives, sugars, dairy, and various other ingredients that overshadow the healthy aspects that chocolate can have for the body. Choosing to eat chocolate products that are purer and have better ingredients can help seniors to find a balance between enjoying some chocolatey goodness while also benefitting their health.
Contact us today for a Free Home Care Assessment by a Nurse to discuss how our services in Edmonton can benefit you or someone you care about.