Chocolate is a beloved treat around the world, but is often considered something to stay away from when losing weight or maintaining a healthy diet. However, you don’t have to steer clear of all chocolate just because you’re watching your waistline. Dark chocolate has several health benefits making it a great snack any time of the day.
Packed Full of Antioxidants
Dark chocolate is extraordinarily high in antioxidants, and the higher cacao content in the chocolate, the more antioxidants there are. Harold Schmitz, PhD is the director of science at Mars, Inc., a popular candy manufacturer. His research shows that dark chocolate is “rich in antioxidant flavonoids called flavanols, which include procyanidins, epicatechins, and catechins,” which are known to lower the risk of type II diabetes, lung cancer, asthma and heart disease.
Surprisingly, dark chocolate is also high in essential vitamins and minerals. Even just a small amount of dark chocolate is highly concentrated in magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. These nutrients are known to protect against stroke, heart disease, anemia, and high blood pressure.
A Boost of Energy
Although many people turn to an old fashioned cup of java when they need an energy boost, the truth is that a healthy snack containing dark chocolate can give a more sustained and less jittery feeling of energy. Dark chocolate contains caffeine, and when paired with a source of protein such as healthy nuts, it becomes a high energy snack that can help get you through the day.
Sun Vending offers a variety of healthy snacks with dark chocolate, including fruit and nut mixes, granola bars and more. We serve Southern California area businesses with over 70 employees, and provide state of the art dispensing units to make snacking easy and enjoyable. Check out our available snacks on our website: http://sunvending.com/vending-machine-snacks/