Dark chocolate cookies.
Dark chocolate cookies. (Photo: Marta Dzedyshko/ Pexels)

Crafted from cocoa seeds, chocolates have always been a part of our everyday life. Though it is often used to add sweetness in every celebration through cakes, candies, sandwiches, drinks, or even in fruits, did you know that this beautiful creation has also been used as a natural treatment years ago?

According to the Chocolate Expert, there were several ways chocolates were used as a natural treatment for the body in the past. During the 18th Century England, chocolates have been used to treat digestive pains. In Central America, this dessert was often made into a drink that people consume for an extra boost. It was so important that time that Emperor Montezuma himself declared the drink as a "divine drink."

Furthermore, there were also some claims about how chocolates were used to preserve the face's youthfulness and healthy glow. All thanks to its antioxidants. Users simply have to melt a block of chocolate and apply it on their faces like a mask.

Nowadays, a lot of varieties of chocolate are available in the market. We already have these milk chocolates, chocolates with nuts and cashews, chocolates mixed with peanut butter, wafers coated with chocolate, chocolates combined with nougats, white chocolates, dark chocolates, and ruby chocolate, which is the newly created pink chocolate.

Unfortunately, what we have in the market nowadays is often full of added sugar that could probably cause negative effects on the body. Consuming foods that contain high sugar can be addictive and would only cause you to crave for more. By giving in can increase the risks of illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and even diabetes.

Good thing there are still some chocolates people can consume that could give them the most benefits. In a blog posted by Goodness Me Box, the writer enumerated several dark chocolate brands that you might want to check out. Some of them are Peak Chocolate Bar, Green & Blacks, Pana Chocolate, Loving Earth, Lindt, and Alter Eco.

Dark chocolates are not just rich in vitamins and minerals but also antioxidants that could help fight free radicals. Consuming about a hundred gram of this food can already give you about 11g of fiber, 67% of the RDI for iron, 89% of the RDI for copper, 58% for the RDI for magnesium, 98% of the RDI for manganese, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, and selenium.

There is only but one thing you have to remember when consuming any kind of chocolate. That is to consume only in moderation. Even when it comes to dark chocolates, a hundred grams of it has already about 600 calories in it. Recommended "dose" is approximately 30 to 60 grams per day.