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How Much Dark Chocolate Should You Really Be Eating?

How Much Dark Chocolate Should You Really Be Eating?

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

Once in a blue moon I’ll hear some positive news on the healthy eating front and dark chocolate has time and time again come out on top. This along with the antioxidants in wine is enough to make you jump for joy. We know that this delectable sweet treat provides a wealth of health benefits, but how much is too much?

Recently, Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, authors of YOU: On a Diet, answered some important questions on the specifics of dark chocolate consumption. According to the article in the Sun Setinel, you don’t need a whole bar to get a healthy dose of antioxidants. The flavonoids in dark chocolate are so powerful that a daily piece the size of a Hershey’s Kiss can lower your blood pressure.

While this is an ideal size comparison, it’s not a good quality comparison because the chocolate cannot be milk chocolate. The chocolate should be fair trade, organic, and at least 70 percent cocoa. Avoid any filling like peanut butter, which could be laced with hydrogenated oils.

Dark Chocolate and Heart Disease

According to a study published in the European Heart Journal and reported on CBS News, German researchers found people who had an average of six grams of chocolate per day (one square of a chocolate bar) had a 39 percent lower risk of either a heart attack or stroke.

Dark Chocolate and Stroke Protection

I wrote about another study published in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. This new study found that dark chocolate can provide protection after a stroke has already occurred. A specific chemical found in dark chocolate called epicatechin appears to do the trick. We already know that it can prevent strokes from happening and now we know that it can provide protection against stroke damage.

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2:11PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

All chocolate should be slavery free.

To help make that happen, encourage Nestlé to keep their promises to end slavery in their production by signing my petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/431/525/548/sell-slavery-free-chocolate/

9:38AM PST on Dec 2, 2012

thanks

6:19AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Thanks for the info.

8:45AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

good to know

6:03AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

"The chocolate should be fair trade, organic, and at least 70 percent cocoa."
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-much-dark-chocolate-should-you-really-be-eating.html#ixzz1nJ8cd9rM

7:15AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

thanks.

8:57AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

ty

4:31AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Thank you

5:45PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

thank you for info!

8:50AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

who can eat just one little hershey kiss size???

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