In this article, I guarantee you'll discover something new or interesting - a resource, a tip, an idea... something to help you learn more about the topic.
How can I say this? Because having written many articles like this one, I know just how much research and background investigation into the subject of lowering cholesterol goes into its creation.
There's great news for chocolate lovers. Chocolate is good for your health!
Now, we're not talking here about a candy bar but about real chocolate - the kind that is black and contains at least 71% of real cocoa.
Something to remember when you're selecting chocolate is that the darker it is, the less sugar it contains and the better it is for you.
We are all aware of the emotional benefits of chocolate. By liberating endorphins in the body, chocolate gives us with feelings of comfort and well-being, pleasure and energy.
Some surveyed people even go as far as to say that they'd prefer chocolate to sex! No wonder with such a texture, rich colour and taste, chocolate can be not only an aphrodisiac but also a sensual pleasure in itself. Additionally, chocolate also contains serotonin and caffeine, both of which provide energy and promote good humour.
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The British Medical Journal reports that a daily portion of 100 grams of dark chocolate reduces blood pressure and the occurrence of cardiovascular incidents by about 21%.
These phenols are also rich in antioxidants and they help to neutralize free radicals produced by the body or absorbed thought cigarette smoke and other sources of pollution.
Cocoa butter is already used in creams to heal scars and burns. No wonder pharmaceutical companies are now exploring the possibility of researching with chocolate for developing new medications to counter cancers and osteoporosis.
Chocolate does contain fats. However, these are unsaturated and they contribute to reducing bad cholesterol and to increasing good cholesterol.
Chocolate is also an excellent source of magnesium. If it contain nuts, chocolate can become a great source phosphor and vegetable iron.
One of the many benefits of living in our time is that there is plenty of organic and fair-trade chocolates that are readily available to us in natural health food and grocery stores.
The benefits of purchasing these types of chocolates abound but the most obvious are that they do not contain organochlorine pesticides that are usually used to treat traditional cocoa crops and that are harmful not only to the consumer but also to the field worker.
Buying fair-trade chocolate also ensures that the healthier worker can benefit from improved working and living conditions by receiving a fair salary for their work.
As with everything however, chocolate must be consumed in reasonable measures. Chocolate does increase calorific intake and energy level. This can be good, provided the calories are burned. We might even change the saying to "Some chocolate a day keeps the doctor away!".
It's hard to cover such a vast topic in one short article, but we've done our best! Hope you found this information helpful.
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