As much as chocolate is a great treat it is vital to know that not all chocolates are good for you especially for your heart.
There is only one type of chocolate that will be your heart’s friend and that is dark chocolate.
Ever since I stopped eating sweets and chocolates dark chocolate has been there to help me not get left behind in terms of my treats,
In this article I will be talking about dark chocolate and heart health benefits it has and also which are the best types of dark chocolates to eat.
Dark chocolate overview
Dark chocolate is the healthiest type of chocolate for your heart. This is because it is packed with high amount of cocoa.
This comes from a seed of cocoa tree. Cocoa has a lot of nutrients especially for the heart.
Research has shown that cocoa can reduce heart disease and the risk of having heart related disease.
Dark chocolate has been around for centuries but people do not know the health benefits for it particularly heart health.
When I was diagnosed with clogged heart arteries I was told to leave chocolates completely because of its potential damage to my heart arteries even further.
I even went online and all the sources told me to stop eating chocolate.
Since I loved chocolate a lot I was really devastated to say the least….(now what?)
This led me to be determined to find a healthy chocolate and after a lot of research and watching health programs I was able to find dark chocolate.
This was revealed to me in another show on TV. After this I was able to eat chocolate without worrying about the dangers to my heart.
Dark chocolate and heart health are very possible especially if you know how to chose the right one.
This will make a different to whether you continue being unhealthy or you become healthy.
The great fact I found about dark chocolate was that not only are they healthy generally for you but they can help clean your clogged heart arteries and make your heart even stronger.
This is also what led me to finding heart healthy snacks to consume for my condition which has made a huge difference in my lifestyle since I can consume snacks even if my heart may have problems.
Now back to the dark chocolate let us get in to how to choose the best dark chocolate.
Best types of dark chocolate
As much as dark chocolate is health but to get the best out of them you have to ensure that there are other factors you take into consideration.
- High cocoa content
To get the most nutritious dark chocolate it is vital to choose a higher content. I would recommend a content of 70% and above.
- Nuts or seeds
When you get a dark chocolate with nuts or seeds that will make your heart benefit even more,
Nuts and seeds are very good in making your heart arteries walls very clean and keeping them very strong.
On top of this the nuts contain high amount of fiber which helps to keep you full for longer.
- Bitter taste
I know some may not like this but this factor of dark chocolate being bitter helps your heart more.
This is because the bitter it is the less sugar it has and the higher the cocoa content it has.
This taste usually happens in a cocoa content of 70% and above.
Always choose organic dark chocolate as it has the most purest form of cocoa.
Worst types of dark chocolate
The worst types of dark chocolate are those which are bad for your heart to some extent.
This section will highlight the factors which contribute to making dark chocolate heart unhealthy.
Milk has many benefits for our bodies like making our bones strong but when eaten over a long period it can do damage to the heart.
Milk has the effect of clogging heart arteries. The calcium in the milk together with the cholesterol in the chocolate have the effect of making heart blood arteries get stick.
This makes all the fatty substances of cholesterol stick to the arteries.
- Sugar content
The best dark chocolate does not have sugar added in it. It is for this reason that when you are looking for dark chocolate you choose one that has no sugar as ingredients or the one which has sugar at the end of the ingredients.
Here is a small tip for you
The higher the cocoa content percentage in the dark chocolate the lower the sugar level.
Lecithin is an ingredient which helps to blend the cocoa ingredients in the dark chocolate together so it doesn’t have to be in the dark chocolate.
The good thing about this ingredient is that it will not harm your heart.
- Trans Fat
Transfat is the one ingredient that you need to completely avoid in any dark chocolate that you see. Dark chocolate that has trans Fat is completely unhealthy for your heart.
According to research Trans Fat the effect of causing heart disease.
Trans fat is added to improve the shelf life of the dark chocolate.
So how do you check this?
Check the ingredients list to see if it has trans fats or hydrogenated oil. If it has hydrogenated oil that means it has trans fats.
- Dutched chocolate
A dutched chocolate needs to be avoided at all times since this process it lessens the bitter taste of the dark chocolate.
This process ends up reducing the antioxidants of the dark chocolate.
Studies have done about the negative effects of Dutching.
Benefits of eating dark chocolate
Research has proven that due to the flavonoids in dark chocolate it is very heart healthy. This works in the arteries to low blood pressure in the body.
- Protects the skin from heat or the sun.
Fewer people know that the consumption of dark chocolate has a huge benefit for keeping the skin protected.
Dark chocolate also has bioactive compounds which serve to protect the skin from sun damage.
- Improve brain function
A study that was conducted on young people proved that eating dark chocolate with flavanols-rich cocoa drastically improved their brain function.
Dark chocolate is the healthiest chocolate that you can ever consume, however there are still other factors that you need to consider to ensure it gives your best heart health.
The most important ingredient is cocoa and flavanols as they are the most effect ingredients for a heart healthy dark chocolate.
You must also take other factors into consideration as mentioned above to improve your odds of getting a heart healthy dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate is not only healthy for your heart but it is also very important in improving your brain health too thanx to its versatile ingredients.
I would highly recommend dark chocolate for people with heart disease or who have diabetes as these diseases are the worst disease and they limit people in the delicious foods to eat.
Remember that heart disease and diabetes are very much connected as I have mentioned before.
However, if you would like to use a natural program along with dark chocolate you can check out my review of a very natural diabetes program here.
I hope this article of dark chocolate and heart health was very beneficial to you and I hope it will make a difference in your lifestyle of living heart healthy.
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