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Health Benefits And Dark Chocolate

Updated on February 8, 2012

Belgium Chocolate

Belgium dark chocolates are special. So is wine from France and sausages from Germany or olive oil from Italy. These three countries surround Belgium, yet they cultivate unique specialty items. Chocolates from Belgium are so unique that other countries cannot duplicate it. Most other countries make chocolates on a mechanized production line, much like automobiles. Belgium manually nurtures the chocolate with tender loving care. Care such as this is the reason why Belgium has led chocolate production over several centuries.

You can keep your heart and cardiovascular system in tip-top shape by consuming just one small bar of dark chocolate. That dark chocolate bar also helps lower high blood pressure. It also is responsible for lowering LDL – the bad cholesterol.


Ghiradelli chocolate
Ghiradelli chocolate

Unique Quality

Other chocolatiers produce tasty chocolates, but Belgium chocolatiers nurture their product. They nurture the ingredients. They nurture the process. They even nurture the display presentation in their specialty shops and quaint stalls. Their visitors are looking for unique quality and are willing to pay the price for Belgium dark chocolates.

Recent research points out the hidden health benefits of dark chocolates. These benefits have been available to connoisseurs of the Belgium dark chocolates for many years. Belgium dark chocolates have another issue making it unique. The cocoa beans do not grow in Belgium. Fluctuations in temperature and weather make it impossible to facilitate their growth. This is much like the tea situation in England. Tea does not grow anywhere in Britain, but the British managed to make an event out of afternoon teatime. It is all in the marketing!

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits

Dark chocolates contain the healthy benefits of dark vegetables because the cocoa beans come from plants. Plants contain flavinoids. Flavinoids protect us from free radicals that roam the body looking to cause damage leading to heart disease. These benefits are common to all dark chocolate and not just Belgium dark chocolates – although the Belgian variety retains more benefits due to the mixing process.


Chocolate binges do not give you more benefits. Eat one small bar each day because larger amounts provide more calories, which will cause a completely different set of issues. Your cholesterol does not suffer from the fats in small bars of chocolate. Those fats include oleic acid, stearic acid and palmitic acid.

 The grocery store Hersey dark chocolate candy bar is tasty, less expensive and has a few additional ingredients, but it does not provide the same “lift” when you eat it. Hersey will never compete in the same league with authentic Belgian dark chocolates. A quick tour of the Hersey factory in Pennsylvania will disclose the mechanical manufacture process that dilutes the total benefits of their dark chocolates. However, they are still healthier than light milk chocolate or white chocolate.

Ghiradelli dark chocolates are the closest rival to the Belgian dark chocolates in the “luxury” category. However, until the Ghiradelli factory changes from their mechanical mass production to manual manufacture, Ghiradelli dark chocolates will always be second best, and that is okay because they are slightly less costly ... and a bit easier to obtain.


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    sweetie1 5 years ago from India

    Hi adrenne2,

    I didnt know that Belgium also made chocolate. It may be because we do not get any Chocolates made in Belgium here. This was a surprise. I always thought most of chocolates came from Switzerland or Denmark. Voting up and sharing.

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    idigwebsites 5 years ago from United States

    I don't get other friends why they prefer milk chocolate over dark, just because it's not so sweet. I love chocolate, both milk and dark, but I prefer dark -- it's like a luxurious reward for me! Ghirardelli is definitely one of the best -- it's expensive though so I got only to eat that once. Thanks for sharing its health benefits.

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    Adrienne F Manson 8 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Sandyspider, Go dark chocolate!

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    Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    I'm a chocoholic and just went to heaven.