You may have heard that dark chocolate comes with all kinds of important health benefits. But did you know that it is also good for your brain? The flavanols found in cocao have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can help improve blood flow to the brain, protect and grow the brain, and also improve cognitive function which includes memory and learning. And for diabetics and those at risk of diabetes, dark chocolate may improve sensitivity to insulin - that's a good thing!
However, not all chocolate is created equal. Organic or minimally processed dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids is what really packs the power. Ombar makes their chocolate bars with raw, organic, Ecuadorian cacao and only natural coconut sugars, making them an ideal treat with proven health benefits. I tried the 90% Cacao and the Lemon and Green Tea and they really hit the spot, without any bitterness, and best of all they are guilt-free. What I love about the bars with the high cacao content is how little it takes to satisfy a craving, and they are also filling which stops you looking for something else once it's gone. Plus they're dairy free and vegan!
Nutritionist Cassandra Barnes adds: "Raw cacao – the unroasted form of cocoa, used to make raw chocolate – is rich in nutrients including magnesium, which we need for healthy muscles and bones. One really helpful nutritional benefit of raw cacao is that it is a powerful source of chromium. Chromium is a mineral that has been shown to reduce sugar cravings and improve insulin function in the body." Is there anything these little chocolate bars can't do?!
You can read more about the brain health benefits of dark chocolate here.