Chocolate for a Healthy Heart

It has been discovered in recent studies that regular chocolate consumption can improve cardiovascular health.

The high polyphenol content in cacao is shown to possess a range of cardiovascular-protective properties, and can play an important role through modulating different inflammatory markers involved in atherosclerosis.

Evidence also shows that cacao has anti-inflammatory properties.¹

Polyphenols are micronutrients that we present in certain plant-based foods, like cacao. They’re packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits.

It’s thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases.² Flavonoids are part of the polyphenol class of phytonutrients.

They have antioxidant abilities, and antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.³ It is known that the cacao bean is one of the best sources of flavonoids, but not all chocolate retains much of the cacao bean after it is processed and turned into chocolate.

If your favorite chocolate bar is not dark chocolate, it may be a better source of calories and sugar than of beneficial flavonoids. The good news is that Aromacacao offers a variety of dark chocolate bites that retain most of the original cacao bean and therefore have a high flavonoid content, without any of the added fat or sugar.

The recommended dose of chocolate a day is approximately 1 to 2 ounces or 30-60g, experts say.⁴ Science says a daily dose of dark chocolate can be good for your health. What are you waiting for? Enjoy some today.

References: [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3942736/ [2] https://www.healthline.com/health/polyphenols-foods [3] https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/flavonoid-chocolate-8424.html [4] https://lec.org/blog/how-much-dark-chocolate-can-i-eat-every-day/

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