The list of things that are better than a great piece of chocolate is very short. Especially when it’s a piece of Belgian chocolate! Belgium has a rich chocolate making history which has given way to expert artisans, including our partners, who are passionate about chocolate and high-quality ingredients.
This is one of the reasons Belgian chocolate is so special! On top of this, the best Belgian chocolate is not only delicious and made with quality ingredients, it also has some fascinating health benefits!
According to Harvard University, Dark Chocolate May Help to Protect Your Heart!
According to studies, dark chocolate, which is chocked full of a plant chemical called flavanols, has been linked with reducing blood pressure and the risk of diabetes!
“Flavanols have been shown to support the production of nitric oxide (NO) in the endolethium (the inner cell lining of blood vessels) that helps to relax the blood vessels and improve blood flow, thereby lowering blood pressure.”
Flavanols have also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity in short term studies! This means they could reduce the risk of diabetes in the long term! Pretty amazing right?
But That’s Not All…
Dark chocolate is also a powerful source of antioxidants. These little guys may help to lower your risk of infection and some forms of cancer!
The tests used to confirm the levels of antioxidants in cocoa have been questioned. They are preformed in a test tube and not inside of the human body so their accuracy regarding the exact levels of antioxidants is debated. However, cocoa was among the highest scoring foods that were tested! Cocoa scored higher than blueberries and even the super fruit acai berries!
The Best Part?
The best Belgian dark chocolate is actually highly nutritious! It’s full of fiber and healthy minerals like iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. Cocoa also naturally contains caffeine, though it’s not enough to keep you up at night!
According to reports, caffeine contains essential nutrients like vitamins B2, B5, and B3 and may protect you from Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Parkinson’s, strokes and certain types of cancer. Wow, talk about the BEST Belgian chocolate!
Here’s the Catch…
The saying “everything in moderation” rings true here. Eating chocolate all day long, even the best Belgian chocolate in the world, isn’t going to give you all of the great health benefits listed above. Like everything else that is good and delicious in life, just a little will go a long way! Studies suggest that 6 grams of chocolate per day is the right amount to keep the doctor away!
So, What’s Next?
Stock up on chocolate, doctors’ orders! You can pick up some of our fan favourite Waterbridge 72% Extra Dark Belgian Chocolate on our website! You can also check out some great ways to get your daily chocolate fix with these delicious dark chocolate recipes on our blog!