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Janice Stanger, PhD

Janice Stanger, PhD

Posted February 8, 2015

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How To Make Dark Chocolate Part of a Healthy Diet

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Compelling scientific findings, published in peer reviewed medical journals, show significant health benefits for dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Here are the major ways that chocolate helps you avoid chronic illness.

Cardiovascular disease

Dark chocolate and cocoa powder help the inner walls of your arteries function better. As a result of this and more cocoa powder with dark chocolate smaller.jpgbeneficial effects, these chocolate foods:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Make blood clots less likely to form in your arteries
  • Reduce the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke
  • Increase the distance patients with peripheral artery disease can walk

Other great results

Research studies indicate dark chocolate and cocoa powder:

  • Decrease insulin resistance and lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • Increase the antioxidant activity of your blood
  • Are anti-inflammatory
  • Enhance cognitive function in both healthy adults and in elderly people who already have some cognitive impairment

Scientists are still determining the mechanisms through which chocolate brings about these health benefits. Much interest centers on flavanol, a kind of phytochemical (health-enhancing substance found only in plants) that is particularly high in chocolate. However, this food contains hundreds of other components that researchers have identified, and likely thousands of others waiting to be discovered. So it's a mistake to focus on one or two substances. Instead, you can benefit from chocolate without worrying about all the mechanisms of action.

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Happy Valentine's Day with plenty of homemade dark choc!! Heart shaped of course.

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Chocolate is as good for our body as thesis help for students feeling stuck. As somebody told "A balanced diet is chocolate in both hand", and it's true, at least for me.

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Some scepticism regarding the research into the health benefits of chocolate could be forgiven - Mars, US confectionary giant, has been pouring money for research to some of the world's leading Universities to try to prove that cocoa beans, the source of pure chocolate, contain enough of the good chemicals to help the heart stay healthy. The debate is complicated by how much pure cocoa bean is used to make the chocolate confectionary on offer; which also contains high levels of fat and sugar.
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