APL Has Much Love for Dark Chocolate

My go-to grab for these common sweet cravings is always an organic, naturally made chocolate like Green & Black’s.  I focus on quality versus quantity when it comes to food and chocolate is a prime example of a food to ingest in lower quantities and should be bought at a higher level of quality.  A high quality chocolate product can be very beneficial to your health.

The many benefits of dark chocolate (just 2 oz. 1-2 times per week):

It’s Good for the Heart: February is heart-health month!  Celebrate by reading how dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure!  Studies show that dark chocolate improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots. Eating dark chocolate may also prevent arteriosclerosis- the hardening of the arteries.  A tasty treat that helps with blood pressure and cholesterol?  Yes please!

High Antioxidant Content: Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants; which are compounds that help rid your body of free radicals that cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are related to aging and causing cancer.  Let’s banish those things right away!

Full of Vitamins & Minerals: Dark chocolate contains some of the following vitamins and minerals in high concentrations:

¨     Potassium

¨     Copper

¨     Magnesium

¨     Iron

Copper and potassium have been said to help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular disease, while iron helps with anemia, and magnesium helps prevent Type II Diabetes, lower blood pressure, and stave off heart disease.

NutritionAshley Pettit