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The Healthy Benefits of Chocolate

February 23, 2011 by  
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Antioxidents such as pomagrantes ,blueberries, red wine pale in comparison to the amazing benefits of CHOCOLATE. But dark chocolate leaves them all in the dust. the USDA chart of antioxidant foods measured in ORAC’s (oxygen radical absorbance capacity units). For every 100 grams, dark chocolate has 13,120 ORAC’s, blueberries only have 2,400.

Antioxidant rich diets have been linked to a lower risk of heart attacks, stroke, cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol, arthritis, asthma, Alzheimer’s and more. So, when considering consuming a treat Chocolate should and  most probably is the first choice.

There are those who state that chocolate is filled with fat, sugar, and caffeine, as it does remain true that cocoa butter, the main source of fat in chocolate is comprised of both saturated and unsaturated fats, but most of this, about 75%, is in the form of oleic and stearic acids. Diets rich in these acids haave been shown to lower cholesterol levels. While 25% of the fat in chocolate is “the bad stuff” the amount of good fat in chocolate seems to counteract the bad stuff. As with all chocolates, the darker the chocolate the healthier the antioxidant-packed cocoa.

Now to bring up the “BAD” stuff,  like sugar. Keep in mind that a dark chocolate bar may contain ten to fifteen grams of sugar, which is still less than the 22 grams of sugar in your glass of orange juice, or the 29 grams in your cup of yogurt, and of course the 34 grams in your glass of cran-grape juice. Reading your labels will pay benefits. A great many specialty chocolatiers are choosing healthier alternatives to refined white sugar. such as evaporated cane juice,and molasses.

To uncover a more in depth knowledge about the Health benefits of chocolate, pick up Rowan Jacobsen’s “The Surprising Health Benefits of America’s Favorite Passion”

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