With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is a great time to talk about chocolate! Did you know that eating chocolate may actually have health benefits? It’s true! According to research, consuming chocolate in moderation helps lower cholesterol and improve blood pressure. It may also reduce the risk of heart disease and cardio-metabolic syndromes by up to 30%. The key thing to remember as we all await our familiar heart-shaped box is moderation. Chocolate can still be very high in calories and sugar. This can lead to difficulty in maintaining a healthy weight and can contribute to tooth decay.
Chocolate May Support Brain Health
New studies also show that chocolate may prevent memory decline and may play an important role in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. An additional study shows that chocolate in moderation may reduce the risk of stroke by up to 22 percent and may reduce the risk of death from stroke by up to 46 percent.
What Type of Chocolate is the Healthiest?
All of the health benefits of chocolate come from the cocoa itself. Therefore, the higher the percentage of cocoa in the chocolate, the more health benefits it provides. Chocolate with lower percentages of cocoa, such as milk chocolate, has more sugars and fillers which diminish its health value. Products with higher percentages of cocoa, such as dark and extra-dark chocolate bars, can help boost your health by aiding the growth of capillaries in your muscles, including your heart muscles. This leads to more oxygen and nutrients reaching your muscles, which in turn creates more mitochondria, the energy makers in your body. A little bit of chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa can go a long way!
Carter Mario Law Firm wishes you a happy, healthy – and delicious – Valentine’s Day!