Calling All Chocolate Lovers!

January 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm 1 comment

Who would have thought something that tastes so good is good for you*!
Introducing the benefits of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is also known as “bittersweet” or “semisweet” chocolate. It contains a high percentage (70%) of cocoa solids, and little or no added sugar.
• Dark Chocolate May Lower Blood Pressure

Dark chocolate – not white chocolate – may lower high blood pressure.  However, that’s no reason to go on a chocolate binge!  What is it about dark chocolate? The answer is plant phenols, cocoa phenols, to be exact. These compounds are known to lower blood pressure. For the best benefit of chocolate, you must consume chocolates that contain at least 70% cacao.
• Antioxidants in Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids which are antioxidants (also found in fruits and vegetables).  Antioxidants help to prevent or delay certain damage to the body’s cells and tissues as well as fight against free radicals which are linked to cardiovascular disease. A 1-ounce dark chocolate bar has as much antioxidant power as a 5-ounce glass of red wine.  Since milk binds to antioxidants in chocolate making them unavailable, milk chocolate is not an antioxidant source and is higher in fat.

*Chocolate still is loaded with calories. If you plan to eat more chocolate, you’ll want to cut back somewhere else. Remember it’s all about moderation! So enjoy the benefits of dark chocolate along with a well-balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Nutrition Facts

Dark Chocolate, 1 oz — 136 calories, 4g saturated fat, 17g carbohydrate

Milk Chocolate, 1  oz — 159 calories, 6g saturated fat, 17g carbohydrate

White Chocolate, 1 oz — 153 calories, 6g saturated fat, 17g carbohydrate

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. sweetopiagirl  |  February 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss and commented:
    I love dark chocolate I include it in my weightloss diet!

    Reply

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