Actually make that a dark chocolate a day keeps the doctor away. So how many of you know that chocolate is actually good for you? I am not talking milk chocolate or white chocolate (can’t stand white chocolate and that is not really chocolate anyway), I am talking DARK chocolate! Research (probably commissioned and funded by chocolate manufacturers, but who cares) has showed that dark chocolate when made in a way that keeps its falvonoids intact, is actually good for health and it is recommended that you eat some everyday!
The darker the chocolate, or the more concentrated the cocoa content of the chocolate, and consequently the lower the amount of added sugar, the better it is for you. Darker the chocolate the more antioxidants it contains, which are obviously good for you, but when you add milk to the chocolate, its benefits are considerably reduced. It is well known that antioxidants destroy free radicals, which can cause heart disease and other ailments.
Studies have shown that eating dark chocolate can significantly lower blood pressure. These benefits of dark chocolate, however, accrue from the flavoniods in the dark chocolate. It is these flavoniods that prevent cholesterol from clogging up the arteries, and also reduce the risk of blood clots. These flavoniods are thought to aid the dilation and relaxation of blood vessels. Generally speaking the stiffer your blood vessels the more likely you are to suffer from hypertension, high blood pressure and other vascular ailments. What’s more is, the older you get the more positive and pronounced the results of the flavoniods are on your health!
But hey, this is not an excuse to just go all out and indulge in an orgy or chocolate eating! Remember moderation is the key if you want to derive any health benefits from eating chocolate. Also make sure that the maker has used a manufacturing process that has not destroyed the flavonoids in the chocolate and that it still retains enough of those to give you optimum health benefits. I am lucky that I hate milk chocolate and positively salivate at the thought of dark chocolate. It is good to know that at least some of the things that I love are good for me!