Chocolate is a Superfood!

It’s TRUE!  Chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa solids offers lots of health benefits!

Of course, it also contains lots of calories in the form of fats and sugars, so unless you are on a diet to gain weight, go easy.  But 20g – 30g a day can be very beneficial, especially for older people.

 

Dark chocolate is rich in minerals, such as iron, magnesium and zinc.  The cocoa in dark chocolate also contains antioxidants, flavonoids and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Antioxidants neutralise free radicals that cause oxidative stress and contribute to the ageing process of the body’s cells and tissues. Oxidative stress may also contribute to a variety of diseases such as

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Eye disease

 

Cocoa Flavanols, a specific type of flavonoid, can counter heart disease by helping to reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol, especially in older people. 

 

Inflammation in those with arthritis, or people who have type 2 diabetes, can be significantly reduced upon taking 30g of 85% dark chocolate a day.

 

The brain’s ability to re-organise itself – its neuroplasticity – and its ability to prevent neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases may also be improved by eating dark chocolate.

 

Source: Medical News Today, March 19, 2019, Article ‘What are the health benefits of dark chocolate’

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