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Dark Chocolate Is Good For Health And Heart Is that True?

When you think of heart-healthy foods, chocolate may not comes in your mind right away. But this dark chocolate has been touted for many years to have health benefits. So is dark chocolate actually good for health and hearth?

Studies show that dark chocolate when it is not loaded with sugar and saturated fat is indeed a heart-healthy chocolate with many beneficial healthy things. Dark chocolate is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants. Studies show it can help reduce blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease.

What are Antioxidants

Antioxidants are commonly found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds — including cocoa beans from which chocolate is made. They help fight inflammation and protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Free radicals are by products of natural biological processes in our body, such as breathing and breaking down food, or smoke from an outside source, such as tobacco smoke, toxins or pollutants smokes from factories. They can damage cells, proteins and DNA, and help trigger diseases.

The body uses antioxidants to make less or prevent the effects of free radicals. Dark chocolates are rich with cocoa solids, which contain flavanols.

What are Flavonoids?

Flavonoids are antioxidants that fight cell-damaging free radicals in your body.

These flavonoids help your heart by:

  • Controlling cholesterol.
  • Lowering blood pressure.
  • Reducing your risk of blood clots.
  • Inhibiting sticky platelets.
  • Improving blood flow to your vital organs.

Dark chocolate is best for you because it’s the least processed chocolate, which means it contains the highest percentage of flavonoid-filled cocoa bean (cocoa).

Benefits to Eat Dark Chocolate

  1. Boosts Brain function

The richness of cocoa in the chocolate ensures blood flow in the brain. Hence, in increased efficiency.

2. Helps in improving skin health

Dark chocolate contains minerals and vitamins like copper, iron, and magnesium, to name a few. For example, Calcium helps repair and renew skin.

3. Reduces the Risk of Developing Diabetes

Right amounts of Dark chocolate consumed could actually improve how the body metabolizes glucose. Dark chocolate contains Flavonoid which are likely to reduce stress. And then improving the resistance to insulin and eventually the risk of developing Diabetes.

4. Is it a great Help during Pregnancy for Mothers?

Studies have shown that it improves fetal health. Especially, when the mother is struggling with high blood pressure which is common during pregnancy. Though the compounds have not been determined precisely, it is assumed that is the Flavonol this chocolate contains.

5. Protects the skin against the sun

The bioactive compounds of dark chocolate can protect your skin from sun damage. It can improve blood circulation to the skin and increase its density and hydration. So if you are planning to hit a sunny place for your next vacation, start filling up on dark chocolates a few weeks in advance.

How much dark chocolate you have to consume a day?

Fact is that quality of dark chocolate is a quite better choice than milk chocolate, but it is still chocolate, meaning it’s have high in calories and saturated fat. So, Avoid weight gain, even Toby Amidor recommends eating no more than 1 ounce (oz) of dark chocolate per day.

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Are all types of chocolate healthy?

Before you grab a chocolate candy bar or slice of chocolate cake, it’s important to understand that not all forms of chocolate contain high levels of flavanols.

Cocoa naturally has a very strong, pungent taste, which comes from the flavanols. When cocoa is processed into your favorite chocolate products, it goes through several steps to reduce this taste. The more chocolate is processed (through things like fermentation, alkalizing, roasting, etc.), the more flavanols are lost.

Dark chocolate. Also called semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate has at least 35% cocoa to be called dark. The remainder is cocoa butter (the natural fat of the cocoa bean), sugar, an emulsifier (what holds ingredients together) and vanilla or other flavorings. Milk may be added to soften texture.

Recommendations:

  • The darker the better! Eat chocolate with the highest cocoa content — 70% to 85%.
  • Plain dark chocolate provides the greatest benefit. Avoid fillings unless they are nuts or dried or fresh fruit.
  • A little goes a long way. Enjoy up to 1 oz. daily. Be sure to trim calories elsewhere to avoid weight gain.
  • Standard larger chocolate bars are around 3.5 oz. (about 100 g), so a good rule of thumb is to eat no more thanof the bar at a time.

Nutrition: 8–12 g fat, 0 trans fat per 1 oz. or 28.4 g. Provides magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and trace amounts of vitamins.

Milk chocolate. The FDA requires that milk chocolate contain at least 10% cocoa and at least 12% dry milk solids. Like dark chocolate, the remainder is cocoa butter, sugar, an emulsifier and vanilla or other flavorings.

Recommendations:

  • Eat in limited amounts. Milk chocolate is filled with more sugar and fat than dark chocolate.
  • Read ingredients on the package to know what you’re getting. ​

Nutrition: 12+ g fat per 1 oz or 28.4 g. Provides potassium and trace amounts of vitamins.

White chocolate. A derivative of chocolate, it’s made of 20% (or more) of cocoa butter and up to 55% sugar, plus milk solids, lecithin and vanilla and other flavorings.

Recommendations: Avoid or eat in very limited amounts!

Nutrition: Not much! Mostly sugar and fat.

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