Some say it’s the food of the gods, but others say it’s the fare of devils.
One thing is clear, though—more and more studies are showing that chocolate and its main ingredient, cacao, is packed with vitamins and is thought to lower blood pressure, increase blood flow, reduce inflammation and ultimately contribute to a healthy heart. …as long as it’s dark and contains at least 60 percent cacao. In fact, a dark chocolate bar can have as many antioxidants as some green tea or 2/3 cup blueberries—plus minerals and fiber.
Why can chocolate be good? Most of chocolate’s health benefits come from the antioxidant, flavonoids, particularly flavanols, found in the cacao plant, which is rich in flavanols. Some forms of chocolate have a lot more flavonoids than others.
Why are antioxidants so important? Simply, they are the substances that fight those rogue cells called “free radicals.” Think of free radicals as human rust—they result in disease, aging, and cause a lot of destruction.
Remember, moderation is important, so don’t start emptying your cabinets and replacing it with chocolate, but the holidays are coming up, so you have permission to indulge.
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