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Healthy ChocolateChocolate which is a hot favorite of most people comes from the cocoa fruit which is one of the healthiest fruits and has a lot of health benefits in it. In its raw form cocoa has the most antioxidant strength in it and is know to have a lot of benefits as far as cardio vascular health is concerned. Cocoa reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. The antioxidant content in cocoa is thrice as much as that in green tea and twice as much as what is found in red wine.
Apart from these health benefits cocoa which is an ingredient in healthy chocolate has anti aging properties and also anti inflammatory ones.
It is the flavanols in cocoa which reduce the stickiness in blood platelets and prevents them from sticking to each other and causing strokes, heart attacks and blood clots. This is done without any of the negative effects of medications like blood thinners and aspirin.
healthy dark chocolateHealthy dark chocolate is rich in flavanol which is an antioxidant. Cocoa contains a lot more of this concentrated health food than any other natural foodstuff does. None of the other fruits like blueberries, prunes and acai berries have the same concentration of antioxidants in them. These antioxidants are absorbed by the body much faster that those available in other fruits and vegetables and also last longer in the system. Cocoa also has the amino acid Tryptophan which prevents depression and maintains a positive outlook in people. The neurotransmitter serotonin promotes feeling which are positive with cocoa consumption. Apart form this cocoa has anandamide, phenyl ethylamine and dopamine which are not just healthy for the heart but also for the brain.
The mental alertness and concentration is improved with phenyl ethylamine. Healthy chocolate contains this ingredient which is especially beneficial to students who are about to write their exams and also delays or even prevents memory lapses in older people. Dementia can be prevented in the aged by consuming dark healthy chocolate. Dark chocolate is also beneficial to diabetics as it increases the sensitivity to insulin. With all the goodness which is packed into dark chocolate and the health benefits it is undoubtedly a great gift for someone you care for.
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In a research which was conducted on people with raised cholesterol levels it was found that regular consumption of these healthy chocolate bars reduced the LDL levels considerably making it a healthy snack for everyone. At the same meeting a study was presented which showed that the cocoa flavonols increased the synthesis of nitric oxide by the arteries and improved the flow of blood in diabetics. This showed that there would be long term benefits in treating vascular diseases in diabetics. The blood flow to the brain was also improved and would be beneficial in treating conditions like stroke and dementia.
Healthy chocolate recipesHealthy chocolate recipes are the ones which contain the dark chocolate and have lower quantities of fat in them. Chocolates which are specially made for diabetics and are sugar free also contain less of fat in them as both fat and sugar are bad for those with diabetes. While making home made chocolates and puddings and other desserts it is best to choose healthy chocolate recipes so that there is less of fat and sweet content in them. These recipes will be more beneficial for health and will prevent and reduce the risk of cardio vascular degeneration. The overall benefits of cocoa will be lost if the fat content is too much in these foods and also if the sugar content is too much. Instead find recipes which are healthy and which have only the benefits which cocoa and dark chocolate can give you.
|Submitted on February 2, 2011|