Dark Chocolate is Healthy for You!
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Good news! Chocolate is actually good for you if you eat the right kind and amount. According to many recent studies, dark chocolate is a powerful antioxidant, that may also reduce your blood pressure!
Now, this doesn't mean to throw your good diet habits to the wind and go on a chocolate binge. You must still manage your total caloric intake and cut calories elsewhere if you decide to indulge, but
overall, high percentage dark chocolate is a healthy treat.
What is considered "good chocolate?"
Dark chocolate with no added sugar is the best bet. The higher percentage of cocoa the better. Milk chocolate, with its added sugar and fat is not considered healthy.
According to an article published in the Aug. 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure in the elderly.
In the Aug. 28 issue of Nature, Mauro Serafini, PhD, of Italy's National Institute for Food and Nutrition Institute, found that
those that consumed dark chocolate had an increase in antioxidants in their blood, but when milk was added, even on
the side as a drink, it interfered with the amount of antioxidants that reached the blood. So, avoid milk chocolate, or drinking
milk with chocolate, as that may cancel out some of the good effects of chocolate.
Happy snacking, and remember, enjoy in moderation!