Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Top 5 Benefits of Dark Chocolate!

Yep, chocolate is a favorite of so many, and we are giving you reasons to validate eating it.  We've talked about the things you may not know about chocolate, and now we've got the benefits of this dark treat. 

1. Dark chocolate reduces the risk of cancer
Dark chocolate is stocked with flavonoids, a phytonutrient compound found naturally in apples, grapes, tea, cocoa, and cherries.  It is responsible for the antioxidant effect provided by red wine and green tea.  Flavonoids are loaded with antioxidants.  Studies have shown people who eat them develop less cancers than those who do not.   

2.  Dark chocolate raises the good cholesterol (HDL).
The cocoa butter in chocolate is rich in oleic acid, the same monounsaturated fat in olive oil.  This ingredient helps increase your good cholesterol and works to decrease incidences of strokes.  

3.  Dark chocolate helps prevent heart disease.
Eating dark chocolate has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease by 30% for people getting a weekly indulgence. It's good for the blood and keeps the heart pumping properly.  

4.  Dark chocolate improves vision.
The improved blood flow from eating dark chocolate also helps make the vision clearer and stronger.  The flavonoids strike again, benefitting connoisseurs of the dark delight.

5.  Dark chocolate makes you happy.
A no-brainer, of course.  Dark chocolate is packed with healthy, natural ingredients, but it also tastes great and improves the mood.  It's great for dessert, a snack, and really and reason you choose.  

For more of this sweet treat, check out Chicago Chocolate Tours--any time of the year!

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