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Dark Chocolate and Ginger Bar May Be Healthy

Updated on December 1, 2012

NewTree has a candy bar that contains dark chocolate and ginger. Not only do dark chocolate and ginger taste great together, they are both healthy in their own right.

It is important to note that this is "dark chocolate", as opposed to "milk chocolate". The amount of dark chocolate is indicated by the cocoa percentage. The higher the cocoa percentage, the better and healthier. Cocoa contains flavonoids that helps decrease blood pressure and improve This bar has a healthy 73% cocoa amount and is made in Belgium with no GMO's (genetically modified organisms).

Ginger is a root that is often used as a spice and cooking. It is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

In combination, the dark chocolate and ginger have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect.

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Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains cocoa, which comes from the beans of cocoa plant. It is the cocoa that makes dark chocolate healthy. Milk chocolate is unhealthy due to its lack of or insufficient cocoa quantity.

The higher the amount of cocoa in a bar, the less sugar it is generally.

Cocoa is full of flavonoids and provide antioxdiative properties. Cocoa have been linked to lower blood pressure. It contains a phytonutrient called epicatechin which promotes heart health.

Dark chocolate is also good for brain health. CNN lists chocolate as among the 10 foods to help boost brain power.

In the book 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss, it writes ...

"Cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, has sky-high concentrations of antioxidants called flavonols, which possess strong heart- and brain-protecting properties." [chapter 19]

Health Benefits of Ginger

Many chronic disease such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and dementia is associated with chronic low-grade inflammation. Ginger because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties can help with inflammation.

Ginger's beneficial anti-inflammatory properties is due to a compound called gingerols (that figures). Hence, it is good for those with inflammatory arthritis.

Gingerols may also help protect against colon cancer.

Ginger also aids in gastrointestinal relief, motion sickness, and sea-sickness. In one study, they found that ginger was more effective than Dramamine for motion sickness.


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    • BlissfulWriter profile image

      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      Yes, good news indeed. Just remember it has to be dark chocolate to be healthy. I get nothing less than 70% cocoa.

    • LetitiaFT profile image

      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      That is excellent news indeed! I'm always trying to curb my chocolate intake, but even happier to have an excuse not to!