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Chocolate Heart Health

Hmm yummy. Its true eating a small amount of dark chocolate is officially good for your health. Dark chocolate is said to be the chocolate, that you should choose and it is recommended that this should contain at least 70% of cocoa solids in order to get the chocolate heart health benefits of chocolate.

Chocolate is made from the cocoa bean and if eaten on its own, actually tastes very bitter and unpleasant. Of course this is why that, butter and sugar and milk are added to the cocoa to make it into solid blocks of chocolate. Once the chocolate tastes sweet and edible, then it is sold to the millions of us all that love to eat chocolate.

Doctors have traditionally warned patients not to consume large amounts of chocolate because of its relation to dental caries, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Now the opposite appears to be the case with some medical professions recommending that some people would benefit from eating small amounts of dark chocolate. There is some uncertainty as to whether the health gains apply more to the cocoa and not so much to the processed result of eating the solid chocolate.

It is actually the cocoa bean itself that contains the health benefits of the flavonoids and theobromin chemicals that are said to help our heart and blood circulation. By releasing these antioxidant and blood thinning components into the body, it can help with reducing high blood pressure with insulin resistance and platelet function. Unfortunately during the chocolate making manufactured process some of the health benefits of the flavonoids are destroyed in the process.

Amazingly cocoa and some chocolate have been found to contain much higher concentrations of flavonoids then what other common, consumed foods contain, such as fruit and vegetables. However not all chocolates have the same health benefits, as the flavonoids in them vary in terms of their content.

Whilst cocoa and eating chocolate is still yet, far from being seen as a medicine or a current form of health treatment. Some medical professionals think already, that eating small amounts of chocolate could be beneficial. Research is looking at whether cocoa and chocolate has the same effects on our anti blood clotting as aspirin does. As aspirin is recommended as a precautionary measure to reduce the chance of blood clots and of having a stroke for people from the age of forty. It would seem a pleasant sweet possibility to be able to replace taking aspirin with just a few squares of dark chocolate.

However the problem with gaining the health benefits from the cocoa is that obviously within chocolate is the added ingredients of possibly trans fats and sugar which have the opposite health effects of the cocoa and are to taken in moderation. Also chocolate contains calories and you will put weight on if you consume too much.

Whilst the research is not completely clear about the benefits of eating chocolate,if we were to have a few squares of dark chocolate a day then this may give us some health benefits. If you stick to the recommenced amount of about 2 squares a day, then this small amount is not enough to worry about weight gain.


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