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Secret of Why Dark Chocolate Is Good For You

Posted March 5, 2014

The next time you eat dark chocolate, visualize your arteries becoming more flexible. That is probably not the image that comes to mind when you are enjoying your sweet treat, yet it is one that researchers are talking about since they uncovered the secret of why dark chocolate is good for your health.

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Why dark chocolate is good for your heart

Posted February 28, 2014

It might seem too good to be true, but dark chocolate is good for you and scientists now know why. Dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. Both arterial stiffness and white blood cell adhesion are known factors that play a significant role in atherosclerosis. What’s more, the scientists also found that increasing the flavanol content of dark chocolate did not change this effect. This discovery was published in the March 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal.

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Raw cacao beats processed chocolate in its health benefits

Posted February 26, 2014

The plethora of research done on chocolate’s tremendous health benefits has primarily studied raw cacao and processed dark chocolate. Raw foodies and experts argue that raw cacao contain all of the health inducing benefits left intact, while processing destroys much of the nutrients. Raw cacao also stars as a superfood with higher antioxidant counts compared to processed cocoa.

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How to best enjoy and buy delicious, healthy chocolate, with its fascinating healing history

Posted February 12, 2014

Chocolate has been enjoyed for centuries and used to cure many illnesses. Cocoa is grown in tropical countries and can be eaten as raw cacao, hot chocolate, candy and baked goods. Purchasing chocolate that is organic and certified fair trade ensures ethical treatment of cocoa producers plus higher nutritional content.

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Chocolate Can Boost Communication Between Brain Cells

Posted January 28, 2014

A team of research scientists from the Harvard Medical School, publishing the results of a study in the journal, Neurology, have found that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may keep the brain healthy and prevent memory decline in older people by preserving blood flow in working areas of the brain. The researchers were working to analyze the effect of cocoa consumption on thinking and memory performance, as well as something called neurovascular coupling, where blood flow in the brain changes in response to local brain activity.

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Study: Ingredients in Chocolate, Tea and Berries Could Guard Against Diabetes

Posted January 20, 2014

Eating high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds (found in berries, tea, and chocolate) could offer protection from type 2 diabetes – according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and King’s College London.

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Researchers tout cholesterol-reducing dark chocolate with phytosterols

Posted January 6, 2014

Phytosterols can be added to dark chocolate to produce a cholesterol-cutting product capable of an FDA health claim, according to a study.

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Chocolate trumps fluoride in the fight against tooth decay

Posted December 24, 2013

Imagine using chocolate to remineralize tooth enamel while discouraging cavities. Sound too good to be true? A researcher at Tulane University has come close with a non-toxic chocolate extract that outperforms fluoride. Taking into account the dangers associated with fluoride, and its presence in commercial toothpastes, a chocolate-based replacement offers a palatable solution.

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What are the health benefits of chocolate?

Posted December 20, 2013

Next time you eat a piece of chocolate, you should not have to feel overly guilty about it. Despite its bad reputation for causing weight gain, there are a number of health benefits associated with this delicious treat.

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Research shows chocolate’s catechin content helps patients lose weight, similar to green tea

Posted December 2, 2013

The myth that high-calorie food like chocolate causes weight gain has been clinically debunked by researchers at the University of Granada. A comprehensive study, funded by the European Union, reveals evidence that greater chocolate consumption actually lowers body mass index and central body fat in the abdominal area, regardless of physical activity or diet. This revelation will help professionals understand that there are more important aspects of food beyond just total calorie and fat content. Specific flavanoids like catechins play an important role in how food interacts with the human body.

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