CHOCOLATE – NATURE HEART MEDICINE

English: Dark chocolate. Español: Chocolate negro.

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A daily ration of dark bitter chocolate could help prevent heart disease, according to a study realized by a team of Swiss researchers. The Swiss researchers say that the antioxidants from chocolate could prevent the blood veins from becoming smaller and less wide.

The research team came to this conclusion after testing on a group of 20 volunteers, which were smokers without health problems. The subjects were asked not to eat any types of

(something that nourishes or sustains the body or mind) rich in anti-oxidants such as apples, onion and cabbage and after that they were given 40 grams (1.41oz) of different types of chocolate.

Two hours after consuming the chocolate, the echo-graph showed that dark chocolate, with a cocoa percent of at least 74%, significantly improved the blood flow. Additionally, ulterior tests showed that the risk of encountering blood accidents and blockages had decreased to half of the initial risk. However, white chocolate did not achieve similar effects. The researches that performed the study say that dark chocolate contains the biggest quantity of antioxidants for one gram than any other products like red wine, green tea or forests fruits.

Chocolate is indeed an aliment that has many antioxidant elements in it. But it also has fats and glucose in huge quantities. So, it can cause weight problems if excessively consumed. (Dark Chocolate)

If you adjust your chocolate portion to your actual weight and to the amount of physical effort you make every day it will balance out the good and bad. Active people can consume chocolate without fearing weight problems. But the ones that don’t, like people working in offices, sitting all day on a chair and not doing any kind of sports are confronted with a big problem if they eat too much chocolate. If the organism doesn’t call for sweets, like it does when we are cold, tired or worn out, then the chocolate use should be reduced to a minimal portion a day.

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Posted on 18 February 2012, in Diets and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great info, some specifics I haven’t heard before – thanks for sharing 🙂
    One way to get those benefits from dark chocolate without the fat and sugar is with cacao powder in a shake. Here’s the recipe I use and love: http://charlottealvina.com/2012/02/17/super-food-chocolate-shake/
    Cheers!

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