Dark chocolate for your heart

Despite being a decadent and indulgent treat, did you know that you can gain triple health benefits from that bar of dark chocolate? Firstly, a bar of chocolate will trigger the hormones in your brain to reduce snacking and thus help you to lose weight.

In another study, subjects who were given bars of dark chocolate showed lower LDL cholesterol levels, as compared to those without. Dark chocolate flavanols also produce nitric oxide, which help your arteries to relax, resulting in lower blood pressure.

Thirdly, researchers found that women who had about two bars of chocolate a week had a 20% lower risk of stroke and when one eats the ideal amount of dark chocolate a day (6.7g), this results in lower levels of C-reactive protein in the blood; a marker for inflammation in the blood leading to heart disease or stroke.

Notwithstanding the many health benefits of eating dark chocolate, it is important to eat only in moderation as dark chocolate still contains sugar and fats. So take a break and enjoy having some chocolate, especially the darker variety.

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