If you’re wondering whether it’s a good option to consume dark chocolate during periods, then the answer is a big YES!
You heard that right. Dark chocolate helps in reducing mood swings and irritability. Eating dark chocolate during menstruation can be very beneficial for women’s health and is often recommended too! During these 4-5 days of the cycle, when food cravings are at their peak, women can indulge in a little bit of goodness that comes from dark chocolates!
Why Opt For Dark Chocolates?
Be it pregnancy, periods, or any problems related to the heart, dark chocolate is a good option. According to many researchers, women who eat a limited amount of dark chocolate have a reduced risk of heart problems. Dark chocolate is also very good for your skin. You must have heard of chocolate facials too, it helps in adding glow to your skin both internally and externally.
Here’s why dark chocolate is beneficial during periods:
- Produces the feel-good hormone in the body
- Rich in antioxidants like flavanols
- High in potassium
- High in magnesium and iron
- Satisfies your sweet cravings
- Rich in vitamin B1.B2,B3, and B9
- Contains anandamide (a neurotransmitter that makes you feel relaxed)
Apart from this, dark chocolate also contains calcium, zinc, and selenium which helps to slow down aging and regulates blood sugar levels.
Consuming dark chocolate not only satisfies your sweet cravings but also the potassium present in dark chocolates helps to ease period cramps. Dark chocolate contains tryptophan, a chemical used in the production of serotonin, also known as the “feel-good” hormone in the body. So you can have them guilt-free.
However, it’s important to have everything in moderate quantity. Excess of anything can have adverse effects on your body.
So what’s the recommended intake of dark chocolate?
The darker the chocolate the better it is! You can have a square or two of dark chocolate containing 70% cocoa. The most famous brand for dark chocolate includes the “Hershey’s special dark chocolate bar”. You can consume approx. 30-60 grams of this chocolate, as per the recommended intake.