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Health Benefits of Chocolate

Updated on March 28, 2012
Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Bunnies, the best of both worlds.
Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Bunnies, the best of both worlds. | Source

A strange as it first sounded their are actually health benefits in all the brands of M & M's candies that are out there. That's the excuse I use when I indulge because hey, it's healthy, my research tells me so.

Milk Chocolate: Cocoa Bean, Cocoa Butter, Sugar & Milk are the main ingredients in M & M's. The additives that have been added give it their signature taste.

Is Milk Chocolate healthy? To a point, it's a stimulator to the brain and emotions that increase your stamina and boots your energy level. However that is if taken in moderation. The fat percent in the milk portion of the chocolate is just the right percent for us. We all need to have fat in our diets though, eating bags and bags however good they taste isn't considered healthy. Before eating be sure to check the nutritional value and make the choice of how much you will eat and how or what you will bake.

The healthiest of the M & M's is by far, my favorite, Dark Chocolate. There are more health benefits in dark chocolate than other forms. Dark Chocolate is considered heart healthy because of the following

Flavonoids - Protect the cocoa plants from environmental toxins, they also help repair the damage. Fruits and vegetable contain Flavonoids as well.

Antioxidants they believe that these help our cells to resist damage by breathing, the pollution in the air and from environmental contaminants, like cigarette smoke. If your body does not have enough antioxidants to combat the amount of oxidation that occurs, it can cause damage, an increase in oxidation can cause "bad" cholesterol, to form plaque on the artery walls.

Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa and chocolate. It has antioxidant qualities and shows that there may have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.

These plant chemicals aren’t only found in chocolate. In fact, a wide variety of foods and beverages are rich in flavonols. These include cranberries, apples, peanuts, onions, tea and red wine.


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