Just One Piece a Day…
Wei of Chocolate has compiled reams of research, and they know what good chocolate does to support health, and how bad chocolate takes it away. Did you know…?
- Eating chocolate every day for 3 months improved skin quality by 12% & reduced depth & width of wrinkles.
- People who ate dark chocolate ate 15% fewer calories at their next meal than those who ate milk chocolate
- Eating chocolate everyday for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in people feeling highly stressed.
- People who ate 5 pieces or more a week had 57% less heart disease than those who didn’t eat chocolate
- Dark chocolate significantly reduces high blood pressure.
- People who ate chocolate 2x or more per week had 3x the survival rate after a heart attack as those who didn’t
- Eating dark chocolate regularly cut the risk of stroke by 48%.
- Diabetics given dark chocolate reduced their cholesterol, without affecting blood sugar or weight
- Cocoa without milk linked to reduced inflammation; implications for wrinkling, auto-immune diseases, arthritis
Many studies have shown that chocolate has health benefits. Chocolate contains more than 300 chemicals, many of which contribute to health. This is in contradiction to the old myth that anything that tastes good must be bad! It used to be that old folks warn their children against eating too much chocolate or other folks being very cautious believing that eating this food can cause of certain illnesses.
Pure chocolate contains a large amount of antioxidants and is relatively higher than other high-antioxidant foods.
Cocao powder – contains the highest quantity and quality anti-oxidants.
Dark chocolate – has eight more times of the polyphenol antioxidants than those found in strawberries. Additionally, it is rich in flavonoids which is known to help with cholesterol, lowering the “bad” LDL levels as well as blood pressure.
Remember that there are chocolate foods that can be good to your health while there are others that can be bad, especially those that are highly-processed and poorly made. Some of those are chocolate candies and bars, which you often find in stores and are high in calories, sugar, and fat. It is not the chocolate that is the problem, but its processing along with all the other additives that can cause the problems.
If you want to enjoy health benefits of chocolate, you need to opt for the healthier version such as the dark chocolates and cacao powder.