Best Superfoods – “7 Dark Chocolate Health Benefits: A Surprisingly Healthy Superfood” …
One Of The Best Superfoods: Dark Chocolate
By Far One Of The Sweetest Healthy Foods
When thinking about the healthy eating benefits of the best superfoods typically vegetables and grains come to mind, but there is great news for your sweet tooth. Dark chocolate packs a powerful punch with very high amounts of potent antioxidants. Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments.
s all chocolate considered to be a heart healthy food? No; it is only dark chocolate. This is because of the plant phenols found in dark chocolate — cocoa phenols, to be exact. These compounds are known to lower blood pressure. Chocolates made in Europe are generally richer in cocoa phenols than those made in the U.S. So if you’re going to try this at home, remember: Darker is better. Just remember to balance the calories.
Read more about the health benefits of dark chocolate here in an article written by Paul Fassa at the Natural Society.
Chocolate can be extremely healthful and beneficial to your health, but before you get carried away with those common candy bars from childhood, understand that the superfood nutritional qualities come from cacao or cocoa, the bitter seeds from which chocolate is made. It’s best to select chocolates labeled Fair Trade and organic with at least 70% cacao or cocoa (both words indicate the same bean) and no sweeter than bitter-sweet. The more bitter the better. Anything less is too watered down with milk and saturated with unhealthful refined sugar, or worse, HFCS corn syrup.