Looking for that perfect Valentines Day gift for your spouse or loved one?
Well than you’re in luck today because I’ve got some big news for you about chocolate – and just in time for Valentines Day.
Because as it turns out everybody’s favorite Lovers Day treat, chocolate (dark chocolate – not white or milk chocolate) doesn’t just taste great but it’s good for you too – and in more ways than one!
Clinical research now shows us that the flavonoids found in dark chocolate not only raise HDL cholesterol levels (the good cholesterol) but also acts as a super potent anti-oxidant protecting healthy cells from free radical damage!
Flavonoids occur naturally in most plant based foods and provide protection against environmental toxins and cell/tissue damage. And new research suggests that these same flavonoids may actually have some beneficial effect on your cardiovascular health too.
Researchers at the University of L’Aquila in Italy recently conducted a study on the effects of dark chocolate on hypertension (high blood pressure) and what they found was pretty impressive.
The participants in the study all had a systolic blood pressure reading between 140 and 159 and a diastolic blood pressure scores between 90 and 99. None of the participants were on blood pressure medication of any kind – and were free of diabetes and other diseases.
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After a 1 week period where test subjects didn’t consume any chocolate – participants in group A were given 3.5 ounces of white chocolate to consume daily (has all the same ingredients as dark chocolate without the flavonoids). While participants in group B were fed 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate daily.
The results after just 15 days of testing was a 12 mm HG (millimeters of mercury) decrease in systolic blood pressure levels and a 9 mm HG (millimeters of mercury) decrease in diastolic levels in the dark chocolate group.
However, there were no changes noted in the white chocolate control group.
A pretty impressive comparison – especially considering the length of the study (just 15 days).
Most health experts would agree that foods rich in flavonoids should be an integral part of a healthy balanced diet. And now along with cranberries, apples and onions – we can add delicious dark chocolate to that list.
Just remember – make sure your getting dark chocolate not milk chocolate or white chocolate. Neither has any of the free radical fighting anti-oxidants of the dark variety.
Not to mention milk chocolate is loaded with sugar and saturated fat. A double whammy – so make sure you’re buying real dark chocolate.
Besides, girls love it when you buy them the good stuff!
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