Saturday, March 27, 2010

IS DARK CHOCOLATE GOOD FOR YOU?




I am often getting asked; “Funk would you ever recommend dark chocolate to any of your clients, readers or friends”

My answer: HELL YES!!!!!

Oh you mean to eat...HELL YES!!!!

A single ounce of dark chocolate is packed with literally dozens of nutrients and disease fighters including FLAVONOIDS – powerful antioxidants that mop up the cell-damaging free radicals that have been linked to heart disease and cancer.


Choose alkaline-free cocoa products for the most powerful flavonoid punch. You can also get Dutch dark chocolates on the market, but they are processed with alkaline and to reduce bitterness and drastically lowers flavonoid content.



 
 
Dark chocolate also helps to lower blood pressure and can help to reduce inflammation in blood vessels keeping them pliable and optimum blood flow to your heart and other working muscles.


Look for dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. Skip white chocolate all together, it’s loaded with sugar and is virtually nutrient free.

That being said you can over eat dark chocolate, so I would recommend that everyone eats it in moderation.






If you are diabetic you may want to avoid it and fairly heavy people should definitely limit your intake to once per week.

An average adult who is in pretty good shape can handle a piece of chocolate every few days.

I’m talking about an OH Henry or any other milk chocolate bars. The caloric difference between a candy bar and a square of dark chocolate is massive.



So I recommend you add dark chocolate with at least 70% to your nutrition plan today, but ONLY IN MODERATION


Funk Roberts

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