• Dark Chocolate As A Medicine

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    Dark Chocolate has recently been discovered to have a number of healthy benefits. Find out how this tasty food can help you become healthy.

    If you are a chocolate lover like me, then I have some great news for you today. Multiple studies show that dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients and can positively affect your health.

    But don’t get me wrong here… although there are plenty of health benefits, chocolate is unfortunately also high in calories coming from fat and sugar. So don’t swap all your veggie and fruit snacks with chocolate. Like with many things in life, moderation is the key here.

    How Much And Which Chocolate Can You Eat To Reap Its Health Benefits?

    Always opt for dark chocolate with the highest cocoa content (at least 70%). Dark chocolate contains polyphenols and flavanols, which work as an antioxidant to protect your body from damage done by free radicals. Unrefined raw cocoa also contains epicatechins, another powerful antioxidants, but it has a bitter taste and is therefore often removed from commercially available chocolate.

    Good quality dark chocolate also contains more soluble fibers and a wide range of essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.

    Avoid milk or white chocolate. Milk interferes with antioxidant absorption and white chocolate is actually one big sugar bomb. Research suggests 7 grams of dark chocolate a day, or half a bar a week, is the ideal amount to reap the benefits.

    Dark Chocolate As A Natural Medicine

    1.      Reduce Your Cholesterol

    Regular consumption of dark chocolate may reduce your cholesterol. Its antioxidants protect oxidation of LDL cholesterol and prevents artery damage.

    2.      Overall Heart Health

    Not only will dark chocolate help you to reduce cholesterol, it lowers the risk of plaque, prevents blood clotting and strokes when eaten in moderation.

    3.      Hot Raw Chocolate For A Cough

    Chocolate contains theobromine which soothes a cough and has a similar effect to codeine. So try a hot cup of almond milk and raw cocoa when you have a cough.

    4.      Reduce Insulin Resistance Naturally

    Dark chocolate prevents insulin resistance and protects your body for many insulin related diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

    If you are a dark chocolate and raw cocoa lover like me, then this is good news. And I assume it will be no problem to add some chocolate to your daily diet. But keep in mind moderation is a key here. I love raw cocoa powder in my morning smoothies or once in a while I indulge myself with a small piece of dark chocolate or enjoy a hot cup of cocoa.

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