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Scientist Prove Dark Chocolate Healthy for You

Updated on April 29, 2018
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I am interested in making some delicious, unusual meals and desserts, particularly for special occasions. Easy, quick meals are also great.

Chocolate Good For You

It was a happy day when I learned that scientist said a small amount of dark chocolate is good for you because of antioxidants called flavonoids. The darker the chocolate, the higher the number of flavonoids, so the greater the health benefit.

Denmark scientist studied 55,502 people for almost 14 years comparing them to people who did not eat chocolate, but had atrial fibrillation. They learned that people with atrial fibrillation had 10 to 20 percent lower heart rates, which is much safer. They ruled out all common contributing factors that might cuse a faster heart rate, such as smoking, obesity and high blood pressure. Women ate one ounce of dark chocolate weekly, and men ate two ounces weekly.

Plus, a study at West Virginia found chocolate may improve your memory, attention span, reaction time and problem solving skills. In Italy, they wanted to know if chocolate was an aphrodisiac. They found women showed improvement in sex drive, but it may have worked better in younger women. Anyway, it just keeps getting better and better!

Dark Chocolate

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Other Scientific Studies

As always moderation is the key. The less processing the cocoa or chocolate has the better it is for you. It pays off to buy a better quality chocolate. Web MD tells about one study using Dove dark chocolate. Now, I might have paid them to get in that study group!

Some of the wonderful benefits of dark chocolate include help with weight loss due to your blood sugar being stabilized, thus cravings are reduced and your appetite is controlled. Your mood will be improved due to the curbing of a desire to consume comfort foods. A study done in Australia showed women who ate small amounts of dark chocolate had a lower risk of heart attacks.

Chocolate has been found to increase blood flow, and platelets are less sticky, which helps prevent heart attacks. It also helps blood pressure, and it may help your muscles recover after a hard workout. It has also been shown to improve the moisture in skin according to one German study.

Other studies have shown a lower risk of stroke and heart attacks because dark chocolate shows platelets from clumping together. Anti-cancer benefits, due to the flavonoids, occur because cell damage is reduced with dark chocolate consumption.

Cocoa Tree

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How Chocolate is Made

Rocky Road Fudge Bars

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Recipe for Rocky Road Fudge Bars

I am not going to tell you that the following two luscious recipes are healthy, but I am showing them in this article. I will tell you that you will adore them if you like chocolate. I mean they are “to die for”.

Rocky Road Fudge Bars

Ingredients:

Bar:

  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate or 1 envelope pre-melted unsweetened baking chocolate flavor
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup All Purpose or Unbleached Flour
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Filling:

  • 8 -oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened (reserve 2 oz. for Frosting)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 6 -oz. pkg. (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips, if desired

Frosting:

  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate or 1 envelope pre-melted unsweetened baking chocolate flavor
  • 2 -oz. reserved cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Grease and flour 13” X 9” pan.

In large saucepan over low heat, melt margarine and 1 square of chocolate.

Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level off.

Add remaining bar ingredient and mix well.

Spread in prepared pan.

In small bowl, combine 6 ounces of cream cheese with next 5 ingredients.

Beat 1 Minute on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, and then stir in nuts.

Spread over chocolate mixture.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and sprinkle on marshmallows. Bake 2 more minutes.

In large saucepan over low heat, melt 1/4 cup margarine and 1 square chocolate, remaining 2 ounces cream cheese and milk.

Stir in powered sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Immediately pour over marshmallows and swirl together,

Cool; cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Yield: 3-4 dozen.

Banana Cream Brownie Dessert

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source taste of home

Banana Cream Brownie Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 3 medium firm bananas, divided
  • 1-2/3 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (5.1 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions:

Prepare brownie batter according to package directions for fudge-like brownies.

Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup peanuts.

Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan.

Bake at 350° for 28-30 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

Topping:

Slice bananas; arrange in a single layer over brownies.

Chop the remaining chocolate chips.

Sprinkle ¼ cup chopped chips and ¼ cup peanuts over bananas.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the milk and pudding mixes on low speed for 2 minutes.

Fold in whipped topping.

Spread over the top.

Sprinkle with remaining chips and peanuts. (You could substitute pecans or walnuts as desired).

Refrigerate leftovers.

Yield: 12-15 servings

In conclusion

These two recipes are obviously not for dieters, but when you want something special for family and friends they are excellent choices. I took the Rocky Road Fudge Bars to a potluck type dinner, and I received several phone calls from people wanting the recipe.

For you to enjoy the heart health benefits, the dark chocolate should be at least 70 percent cacao. This will be fairly bitter, so you may want to use is with some type of sweeter or a recipe. The daily amount that is good for you is approximately 30g to 60g/day (approximately 1 to 2 ounces).

Bon appétit!

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Janisa, My mother is the same way, but I like dark chocolate. I appreciate your comments.

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    Janisa 

    7 weeks ago from Earth

    I don't like dark chocolate, but I loooooovvee chocolate desserts! Thanks for sharing

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Thanks for your comment.

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    Mary Cake 

    6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

    nice hub

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    PegCole, I must agree that chocolate is delightful! Thanks for your comments.

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    Peg Cole 

    7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Chocolate. . . delicious, warm, flavorful, yummy. Some of my favorite things are chocolate. Chocolate cake, chocolate bunnies, chocolate milk and these recipes. mmmmm.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sun-girl, I hope you enjoy it and I appreciate your comment.

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    Sun-Girl 

    7 years ago from Nigeria

    Nice info.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    toknowinfo, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I think you will enjoy the desserts. Thanks for your comments.

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    toknowinfo 

    7 years ago

    Just reading your hub is good for me. Thanks for the great recipes. I will be trying them soon. Rated up and useful.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    oceansnsunsets, Thanks so much for your comments and enjoy the desserts.

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    Paula 

    7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Pamela, I agree that it was a great thing to hear that some chocolate is good for you! I hear it is good for your brain which I was so happy to hear. Great hub, great recipes, thank you!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Nancy, Me too. Thanks for your comments.

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    nancy_30 

    8 years ago from Georgia

    I can't wait to try these. Chocolate desserts are my favorite. They both look really good.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Thanks so much for your comment.

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    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    These look great. Check your title on the brownie...

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Support Med, Thanks for your comments.

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    Support Med. 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    It's good to know the benefits of dark chocolate and the desserts look very good. Voted-up/rated!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sandy, Thanks for your comment.

    akirchner, Sorry you can't eat chocolate. I appreciate your comments.

    Papernotes, Thanks for your comments.

    Hellok, Thanks for your comments.

    Pop, That's what I do and I appreciate your comments.

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    breakfastpop 

    8 years ago

    Dear Pamela,

    Thanks for the recipes. I eat a little bit of dark chocolate every night.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    I am so glad these scientists say such nice things. Thank you for such gorgeous recipees.

  • PaperNotes profile image

    PaperNotes 

    8 years ago

    Thank you for stopping by my hub and this wonderful recipe. It looks delicious and sounds like heaven for chocolate lovers!

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Washington

    Oh I'm so glad I can't eat chocolate because I would be out purchasing everything I could find today and scarfing it up! Those look SO delicious - will bookmark for OTHER people to eat. Marvelous presentation!

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    Sandy Mertens 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    The chocolate desserts look real good. Yummy!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Eovery, Hope your enjoy the recipes and thanks for the comments.

    Sheila, Thanks for the comment.

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    sheila b. 

    8 years ago

    The banana cream brownie really has my interest.

  • eovery profile image

    eovery 

    8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

    Oh to die for!!!!! Chocolate Desserts!!!! Thanks for the recipes.

    Keep on hubbing!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    K9keystrokes, Thanks for your comments.

    Miata, From time to time is the key. Thank you for your comments.

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    prettydarkhorse 

    8 years ago from US

    yum, yum to die for indeed hehe, Nice and I like to treat myself form time to time besides it is healthy too, Thanks Pam, Maita

  • K9keystrokes profile image

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Yummmmm! The hub of the Gods! What could be more glorious than chocolate? I can hardly wait to endulge myself with your recipes!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Darlene, I crave it to but I don't make desserts like this often. I just get a Dove bar. Thank you for your comments.

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    Darlene Sabella 

    8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    My dear Pamela, there you go again showing my favorite things, now chocolate is my passion, and I crave it every day. This is an awesome hub, and coconut and chocolate is like the cherry on top. rate up

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