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Did You Know Dark Chocolate Is Good For You?

December 20 2011 at 16:20

It Is Packed With Antioxidants And Can Improve Your Health!

A guest blog by Erika Doolan Nutrition Consultant.

Dark chocolate is made from plants and has far more antioxidants than any other chocolate, in fact milk and white chocolate are bad for your health. Dark chocolate has 65 percent or a higher cocoa content. Always buy pure dark chocolate or dark chocolate with nuts or with orange peel.  Avoid anything with caramel, nougat or other sugary fillings. These fillings just add more sugar and fat which erase many of the benefits you get from eating the chocolate.

Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries) which protects the body from aging and is good for your heart. It stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure, it contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant and it contains caffeine and other substances which are stimulants.

*Remember dark chocolate is high in calories and fat. Two small squares of dark chocolate occasionally can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well. Don’t overdo it!.

Studies show that drinking a glass of milk with your chocolate could prevent the antioxidants being absorbed or used by your body.

Nutrients:  iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and the vitamins A. B1, C, D, and E. Cocoa is the highest natural source of Magnesium. A diet high in magnesium protects against the symptoms of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, joint problems and pre-menstrual tension.

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