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Dark Chocolate Benefits

Great news for chocolate lovers, researchers in Germany have found that including dark chocolate in your diet can help lower blood pressure. Although this is music to the ears of chocoholics, it does not give the green light to continue the chocolate feast. The next few studies.

In a study conducted by researchers in Germany, a group of participants with high blood pressure were divided into two groups. One group was instructed to eat dark chocolate 2 hours after their dinner, and another group was instructed to eat white chocolate 2 hours after meals. No other changes to the daily routine are made, such as adding nutritional pills. Only dietary changes in calorie restriction to offset the calorific value of chocolate bars are made.

At the end of the study, those who were told to eat dark chocolate had lowered their cholesterol by at least five points. Those who were told to eat white chocolate had no change in cholesterol readings.

Based on the findings, the researchers concluded that antioxidants in chocolate as well as coca phenol plants are responsible for lowering cholesterol readings. Unlike white chocolate that does not contain any cocoa, dark chocolate is rich in these cholesterol-lowering properties.

While this discovery is good news for chocolate lovers, there are a few things to keep in mind and it's darker. The higher percentage of cocoa found in the chocolate bar, the more antioxidants and phenols, and the greater the benefit to you. Also, milk chocolate, and chocolate are generally high in sugar, so simplicity is key. Eating large amounts of chocolate will not help you lose weight, but can have a reversal effect. When choosing chocolate, it is wise to choose European varieties as they often contain less sugar than the American version.


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