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Give your Loved One's Heart the Gift of Dark Chocolate, Health Benefits, Healthy Heart & Anti-Aging

Updated on September 9, 2012

Heart Healthy

If you are going to be treating yourself or a loved one to chocolates, why not make a better choice and choose dark chocolate?. Personally, I don't think there is anything wrong with a piece of white or milk chocolate from time to time (everything in moderation). Studies have shown that there is many healthy benefits to adding a little dark chocolate to your diet everyday. It helps to lower high blood pressure and been shown to reduce the bad LDL cholesterol.

Dark Chocolate For the Heart

Dark Chocolate Hearts
Dark Chocolate Hearts | Source
Raw cacoa beans
Raw cacoa beans | Source

Chocolate and cocoa products do grow on trees! It is a plant-based food. The seeds, known as beans, come from pods from a small tropical tree called "cacoa". The beans are actually very bitter and sticky with pulp. They have to go through a fermentation and drying process. This makes the beans less bitter and the taste more "chocolatey".

Anti- Aging Properties

Studies have shown that raw cacoa powder has more antioxidant flavanoids than any other foods including red wine, green tea and blueberries.

Antioxidants protect our bodies from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease.

"Minerals present in Cacao are Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Copper, Sulfur, and Potassium. Cacao also contains many chemicals that enhance physical and mental well-being, including alkaloids, proteins, magnesium, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic acid, lipase, lysine, and some neurotransmitters such as dopamine and anandamine."

 I am contemplating adding raw cacao powder into my families diet.  I found this to be an interesting link on the subject:

I never heard of Xocai but this is informative...

Of course the higher the percent in the cocoa the more nutrients but be aware that it will be on the bitter side. So to sum it up, dark chocolate is good for your heart, mind body and soul.

With Valentines Day on the 14th I must also share with you what Dr. Perricone from "Forever Young" wrote:

"Extra dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a chemical believed to produce the feeling of “being in love.” We all know how good chocolate makes us feel. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who enjoy a piece of chocolate every day had a more active sex life than those who didn’t." (His link is provided under the chocolate heart photo above.)...........

I'm just saying............

Be good to your heart and your loved ones!




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      jjjc 5 years ago

      Dark chocolate is really good for you and I always give that as a present. But the info above is even more informative about using the raw chocolate as opposed to it being cooked. Then also the video on The Truth about Chocolate gives the good and bad about all chocolate. Very informative. I knew about chocolate being bad for dogs but never heard exactly why until this video. Excellent video. Thanks for this Hub- I am always looking for healthy food info and not so healthy food info too.

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting information on dark chocolate, and eating a couple of small squares of dark chocolate a day is supposed to help protect you from heart disease