Sunday, August 11, 2013

Chocolate Is Good For You

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Everyone loves eating chocolates, but did you know that besides it being devilishly delicious, eating chocolate is also good for your health? Have you heard of the expression "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Well, it turns out that having a chocolate bar a day also keeps the doctor away.

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Studies have suggested that eating a chocolate bar that has a cacao levels of 75% and higher and has a low level of added sugar is very beneficial to your health.The Cacao bean contains chemicals called flavanols. These chemicals are also found in many healthy foods like apples, cherries and black tea that promote good cardiovascular health.

Chocolate boosts antioxidant activity in the body and reduces the level of bad cholesterol ( LDL ) while increasing good cholesterol ( HDL ). Consuming a healthy dose of chocolate also reverses the effect of clogged arteries from smoking or aging. By countering the effect of clogged arteries, it is plausible that chocolate can also lower blood pressure.

But like any other food, chocolate still needs to be consumed in moderation. Also, if you're a chocolate lover, get the dark chocolate with cocoa or chocolate liquor as the first ingredients and not sugar.

Harvard Medical School
Studies show that dark chocolate can lower blood pressure in healthy adults and in patients with hypertension. Research shows that the effect is modest, however, lowering systolic pressure (the higher number recorded, when the heart is pumping blood) and diastolic blood pressure (the lower number, recorded while the heart is resting between beats) by just under 5 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). The benefit wears off within a few days of stopping “treatment” with a daily “dose” of dark chocolate. And another reality check comes from a six-week 2008 study of 101 healthy adults that did not find any benefit for blood pressure.

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