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Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate - What Ingredient Contributes?
by: Alicia McWilliams

Recently, there have been some substantial discussions that pertain to the health benefits of dark chocolate. There have been numerous studies that have been done while studying this somewhat bitter and less popular type of chocolate and these have made people sit up and take notice. For centuries, there have been many who would rave about the benefits of chocolate in it and this has constantly and consistently been the case throughout the history of chocolate. What is it about dark chocolate that creates these health benefits and why does milk chocolate not appreciate the very same benefits nor the same respect with regards to this matter? Lets explore this and discuss and detail these supposedly health benefits.

With respect to the main differences between milk and dark chocolate, milk chocolate contains milk or milk type products and dark chocolate does not. Milk chocolate is loaded with mainly fats and less amounts of the active ingredient that is widely promoted in dark chocolate. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, does certainly contain much more cocoa than a milk chocolate bar does and therefore, will have more flavonoids in it. It is these flavonoids that are considered to be the beneficial part of the dark chocolate bar. But, what are flavonoids?

Flavonoids have an active ingredient that is referred to as epicatechin and it is this specific ingredient that is especially good for the heart. Fore, it has been proven that it will decrease the ability of cholesterol to from gathering within many blood vessels. This in turn reduces blood clots from forming within the free flowing blood and therefore blood clots are less likely to form. It is those very same blood clots that harbor and creates the inability of blood to make its way to the heart and subsequently causing a heart attack.

However, more is not necessarily better in this case and by simply eating more dark chocolate does not mean that one is obtaining more of these flavonoids. Therefore, the maximum recommended daily intake of dark chocolate to have and or benefit from these health assurances is one point four ounces. As with anything, more will probably have adverse effects considering that it is laced with many calories and plenty of sugars.

But, by simply eating dark chocolate will not guarantee that one will not have health problems. Fore, one must also eat healthy as well as exercise daily too for this to have any benefits at all. And, considering that chocolate is a plant, this seems to be a good start on the fruits and vegetables that should be consumed daily.

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