For chocolate to be healthy, it should be dark, and it should be at least 70 to 85% percent cacao. It is the cacao that provides chocolate with the plant nutrients known as flavonoids. Foods rich in flavonoids help our cells resist damage caused by free radicals found in every aspect of our daily lives.
Antioxidant Properties of Chocolate
Flavanols are the main flavonoid in cacao. Along with having antioxidant qualities, they influence vascular health by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flood throughout the body, particularly the brain and heart, and also the skin. Good blood flow and blood pressure help reduce the sticky quality that is common in blood platelets so that blood can clot properly when necessary. Good blood flow to your skin also helps to protect it from sun damage.
Quality dark chocolate that is high in cacao content contains fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium.
Moderation is the Key
Moderation is key to a healthy diet. It’s worth noting that along with the calories contained in a bar of chocolate come all the things listed above, as well as an excellent fatty acid profile. The fats in cacao-rich chocolate are mostly saturated and monounsaturated with small amounts of polyunsaturates. This is a key factor that is known to help lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.
In addition, a recent study, posted by NIH, cites:
“compounds in cocoa and chocolate have established cardiovascular benefits, including effect on insulin resistance, a risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus.”
The study investigated the relation between habitual chocolate intakes and diabetes mellitus. It found that those who rarely or never ate chocolate exhibited a significantly higher chance of having type 2 diabetes 5 years later than those who ate chocolate that was high in cocoa more than once per week.
Our Commitment to You
We know that the best advantages offered by chocolate come from chocolate with a high content of quality cacao. That is why we are so careful with the chocolate products that we carry.
We think that the Roman dramatist Plautus (c.250-184bc) was probably on to something when he said: “moderation in all things is the best policy.” Or as the owner of Kakosi said in his high school yearbook, “Everything in moderation… including moderation!”
Enjoy regular portions of our great chocolate a few times a week. And be sure to eat other flavonoid-rich foods, including tea, apples, onions, cranberries, and red wine.