The Health Benefits of Chocolate

Eating dark chocolate has many health benefits, experts say.
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For a long time, chocolate has been perceived as a “bad and unhealthy food” that should be avoided, because it causes obesity, allergies and acne. However, several studies focusing on the content of biologically active flavonoids in cacao have changed the outlook on this popular delicacy.

Positive effects on lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and strokes.

According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, eating chocolate could lead to the reduction of LDL cholesterol. The authors of the study claim that regular consumption of dark chocolate which contains plant sterols and cacao flavonols may support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure.

Another study published in BMJ claims similar results, stating that the consumption of chocolate may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases by up to one third. The University Hospital of Cologne has conducted a study that asserts that cacao has a possible positive effect on lowering the blood pressure.

Another area that scientists have explored is the connection between the consumption of dark chocolate and the occurrence of strokes. For example, a Canadian study with close to 45,000 participants claims that consumers of chocolate have a 22% lower probability of a stroke when compared to those that eat no chocolate.

Of course, scientists don’t claim that chocolate is a cure. The aforementioned studies need more conclusive data and evidence, however, it is becoming apparent that the consumption of raw cacao can have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system and improves brain functions. In addition to this, cacao has many other health benefits, for instance the improvement in hair and skin quality.

The great power of raw cacao

Tereza Havrlandova, the owner and founder of the Czech company Lifefood, which manufactures a high-quality organic raw vegan chocolate, is convinced about the “great power” of raw cacao:

Our chocolates are made are made only from ingredients that have not undergone any chemical or thermal treatment. Thanks to the unroasted cacao powder from the Ecuadorian jungles and the gentle artisan manufacturing process, all of the important minerals, vitamins and other live nutrients are preserved.

Lifefood Raw ChocolatesWe are delighted to support Veganuary. If you are looking for a dairy free alternative to chocolates, Lifefood organic raw vegan chocolates can be purchased at As Nature Intended health stores in the London area or online.

References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18356327
http://heart.bmj.com/content/early/2015/05/20/heartjnl-2014-307050
https://www.aan.com/PressRoom/Home/PressRelease/799
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16794461
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16702322

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