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Chocolate has been around for thousands of years. Throughout different cultures it has been considered a symbol of wealth and luxury. Cacao beans have been esteemed for their mood enhancing and medicinal properties and have even been used as currency.

However, the truth of the matter is that chocolate, the way most people eat it today, is not the health food we all wish it were. Milk chocolate is a mix of sugar and milk with only a hint of cacao. Cacao is the healthy part.

Cacao seeds grow on trees and have a bitter taste. They are roasted and ground down into powder (cacao). Because of the bitterness, most of the cacao is removed during the manufacturing process of chocolate and sugar is added to improve the flavour. Raw chocolate is made from non-roasted beans.

Healthy chocolate has a higher percentage of cacao, lower sugar content and is darker in colour. If you want to eat it for it’s health benefits then choose chocolate with at least 70% cacao.

Unfortunately white chocolate has no healthy properties and is simply a mixture of milk and sugar.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CACAO

Studies have been done around the world showing many possible health benefits, such as:

  • Protecting your brain and nerve cells
  • Protecting the heart and lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing the risk of diabetes
  • Reducing the risk of blood clots and stroke
  • Improving mood and reducing stress
  • Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects

So chocolate really IS healthy! You can literally eat it to your heart’s content. Just remember, to choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao content or use the raw cacao nibs in recipes to reap the rewards.

 

For the full article go to

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/02/08/amazing-health-benefits-dark-chocolate.aspx