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I read an interesting article about chocolate today.

The article was published in Medical News Today and was called “Health benefits and risks of chocolate”. It caught my attention because the article quickly shares that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating chocolate anymore. I get that! There was a time in my life, twenty years or so, where I refused to eat chocolate. It’s not that I did not like chocolate, are you kidding, I was a big fan. The problem was that I had been heavy my entire life, was always on some kind of diet, and always struggling and counting calories. In fact, I think I spent a good portion of my life just dieting it away not to be any thinner or healthier anyway. I had been told that chocolate was just candy and wasted calories, so it was something I avoided like the plague.

The Medical News Today article detailed quite a few studies that felt eating dark chocolate could improve certain health conditions including Cholesterol, Cognitive Function, Heart Disease, Stroke and so much more. What really interested me was this statement about a study published in the Journal of Nutrition,

One study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, suggests that chocolate consumption might help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, also known as “bad cholesterol.”

The researchers set out to investigate whether chocolate bars containing plant sterols (PS) and cocoa flavanols (CF) have any effect on cholesterol levels.

The authors concluded: “Regular consumption of chocolate bars containing PS and CF, as part of a low-fat diet, may support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure.”

Ok, SOLD!

I also learned all chocolate is not the same. There is candy confectionary chocolate and then there is medicinal chocolate

You might think medicinal chocolate can’t taste as good as the candy confectionary chocolate you find at the candy store.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that delicious beyond Healthy Chocolate tastes great and is healthy. This Belgian chocolate is individually wrapped in bite size pieces at just 35 calories and 1 gram sugar per piece. The antioxidant per piece is comparable to eating one pound of raw spinach in antixoidant content. WOW! That was impressive to me. 

It was easy to incorporate into our daily lives. My health and the health of my chocolatefarmfamily has improved eating it. No wonder Dark Chocolate is trending! You know you are doing something right when even your doctor is happy with your blood work!

So my tip for the day is simple.  Eat Chocolate. Dark Chocolate. Beyond Healthy Chocolate. So simple and yet so good!

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Daily consumption of a dark chocolate containing flavanols and added sterol esters affect cardiovascular risk factors in a normotensive population, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18356327, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. [email protected]

Medical News Today, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270272.php, Health benefits and risks of chocolate,
Last updated, Mon 12 February 2018, By Joseph Nordqvist, Reviewed by Natalie Butler, RD, LD