Go on….have some dark chocolate!

Looking forward to your Easter basket complete with a chocolate bunny this Sunday?  Should you indulge?  If it is dark chocolate, don’t think twice about it.

  • Cocoa contains polyphenols which are antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for cell and tissue damage causing the aging process. For years, cocoa has been used for skin problems (cocoa butter) and recent studies show that chocolate may improve your skin quality while reducing wrinkles. 
  • Studies show that daily consumption of dark chocolate can support cardiovascular health by decreasing blood pressure and reducing inflammation as well as LDL (your bad cholesterol).  
  • Cocoa’s polyphenols protect our immune system.  
  • Cocoa contains serotonin which acts as a natural anti-depressant. It has also been shown to stimulate endorphins, which provide feelings of pleasure. 
  • Cocoa has been associated with reduced mouth bacteria (improving dental health). 
  • Cocoa has been found to aid digestion and increase kidney function.


  •   It is important to remember that dark chocolate contains the beneficial compounds, whereas milk chocolate does not.  The darker the chocolate the more of antioxidants, so choose the higher percentage of cocoa when possible.  
  •   Keep in mind……chocolate can be high in calories, fat and sugar, so moderation is the key.  Most studies show as little as 3 oz a day can provide health benefits.
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