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Monday, June 20, 2011

Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Eating healthy does not mean you have to avoid indulgences. Dark chocolate has many benefits that make it a great choice and who doesn't love chocolate?

Dr. Andrew Weil believes that the antioxidants - phenols and flavonoids - found in dark chocolate may offer protection against heart disease. He also states that in addition, cocoa butter - a saturated fat - may have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. A number of chemically active compounds in dark chocolate can improve mood and pleasure by boosting serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. And consuming dark chocolate may slow the oxidation of LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

 Limit yourself to an ounce several times a week. If you can't find good imported chocolate, look for a domestic brand that contains at least 70 percent cocoa.

Dark chocolate containing over 70% coca can be slightly bitter but I found this great brand so I had to share it with my readers. Endangered Species Chocolate All Natural dark chocolate with deep forest mint and 72% cocoa. It takes just like a girl scout cookie and is so rich and you only need a little bit to satisfy any craving. This brand also donates 10% of their profits to help support species, habitat and humanity.  You shouldn't even need to go to a health food store to enjoy this special treat, my local Safeway carries this brand!

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