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Why You Should Eat Chocolate!

-Orginal Post: February 14, 2017- 

 

Chocolate is good for you!  It is a nutrient dense superfood and here are 10 reasons why you should be eating it on Valentine’s day, or every day!

  1. High in antioxidants.  Antioxidants absorb free radicals in the body from toxins, pollutants, and cancer causing agents.
  2. One of the highest plant sources of magnesium.  Magnesium is essential for heart health, turning glucose into energy, and is unfortunately one of the most common deficiencies in the human body.
  3. High in plant-based iron.  Iron is used for red blood cell production and transporting oxygen within the body.  Plant based iron is different from animal based heme iron,  and therefore is best absorbed with vitamin C.
  4. Contains healthy fats.  Raw cacao contains healthy fat similar to that in olive oil, contributing to many metabolic functions in the body including hormone and immune function, and aiding the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  5. Cacao contains fibre which can support a healthy digestive tract and intestinal balance.
  6. Promotes healthy skin.  The flavanols (phytonutrient/antioxidant) in cacao can improve blood flow and hydration in the skin, helping to reduce sun-induced damage.  And the polyphenols (antioxidants) help our cells resist premature aging!
  7. Reduces inflammation.  The anti-inflammatory effect of flavanols can reduce inflammation in the body supporting cardiovascular and joint health.
  8. May help protect against cardiovascular disease.  The flavonols can stimulate the arteries to relax, reducingg blood pressure and improving circulation.  New science may also be showing that cacao has a positive effect on lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol, and increasing “good” HDL cholesterol.
  9. Energy boost and mental focus.  Cacao contains theobromine, which is a natural stimulant similar to caffeine.
  10. It elevates mood.  Cacao is a natural source of serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine, which promote happiness, and can reduce feelings of depression. 

Look for 70% or greater raw, organic fair trade chocolate.
My favourite bars are:
Giddy YoYo
Hummingbird Chocolate
Zimt Chocolates

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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