Chocolate lovers have it SO good right now. Because university researchers are telling us that eating chocolate can be good for you. And they’re even telling us how much chocolate to eat. How sweet is that?
To support our heart health, we should be indulging in 3.5 ounces or 100 grams of dark chocolate daily. The researchers say this daily indulgence can prevent 70 nonfatal and 15 fatal cardiovascular events per 10,000 people. “Most of the studies show that you don’t need a very high daily amount to get the benefits of dark chocolate,” says Jonny Bowden, PhD, a.k.a. The Rogue Nutritionist, “One to two squares of high-cacao dark chocolate a day will do it!”
Bowden is co-author with Stephen Sinatra, MD, of the newly published “The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and the Statin-Free Plan That Will,” as well as author of “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth” and many others in his “Healthiest Foods” series.
One to two squares of high-cacao dark chocolate a day will do it!.
Now that you’ve been handed a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket to eating chocolate daily, keep the following in mind:
Enjoy up to two pieces daily. Some serving sizes will be larger. Just make sure you know what you’re getting with each serving so you can enjoy your dark chocolate in moderation.
Choose dark chocolate. It’s up to you how bitter your taste buds can stand, but your chocolate’s cacao content should be 70 percent or greater. The darker the chocolate, the better. You’ll be getting less sugar and more of the cocoa flavanols than support healthy blood flow, blood pressure and heart health.
Let dark chocolate help you curb your appetite. Many people find that dark chocolate in small portions is plenty. Whether because of the darker flavor or the lower sugar content, eating dark instead of milk chocolate helps keep you from overdoing it.
Supplement your diet with organic cocoa. CocoaWell® makes it easy to add healthy cocoa to your diet. In addition to whole-food organic cocoa, it contains a flavanol-rich blend of green tea and acacia catechu that provides three types of polyphenols—flavanols such as EGCG, catechin and epicatechin.* A single serving of two CocoaWell® veggie capsules provides the health benefits of cocoa without sugar or calories.
Dark chocolate research studies you should know about
- How much chocolate you should eat to support heart health
- Chocolate consumption supports heart health
- Cocoa flavanols positively influence blood circulation, a claim the European Union approves
- Meta-analysis of cocoa and chocolate studies find flavanols support cardiovascular health
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
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