The dark side of chocolate
I was talking to eleven year old Maddie who was eating chocolate over FaceTime the other day.
Many countries are still in lockdown due to the Delta variant causing so much havoc.
She sent me her research this morning for a blog she wanted to write, as obviously she does not want to give up her chocolate!
Responsible chocolate eating
Chocolate is something that is good and bad for you at the same time.
While it is not just a yummy treat, it can also cause stomach pain and can cause you to gain weight. (Tell me about it!)
Dark Chocolate is actually quite good for you because it can help prevent heart disease, reduce inflammation and can reduce blood pressure.
Research also tells us that it is high in calories and can contribute to weight gain if eaten in excess, so eating it in moderation offers the greatest health benefit.
The healthiest dark chocolate should contain a cocoa percentage of 70% or higher, which provides more antioxidants and health benefits.
It is also supposed to be good source of Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorus and Flavanols.
Health Benefits of Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which are plant chemicals that act as antioxidants, and are thought to play a role in cancer prevention and heart health, as published online by Cambridge University Press in December 2016.
Consuming dark chocolate can improve several important risk factors for heart disease.
In a controlled study, cocoa powder was found to significantly decrease oxidized LDL (bad) cholesterol in men.
It also increased HDL and lowered total LDL for those with high cholesterol. Read more here
So thank you Maddie!
I have decided to tidy up my own “chocoholic” habit, and only have a little square of chocolate each night, of course, along with my healthy glass of red wine ( read more here)
*PS from Nanna
There is a dark side to milk chocolate!
Especially for anyone who wants to avoid pimples.
Nothing with added sugar is good for your skin, as sugars contribute to the inflammation of skin cells.
Junk foods are also high in sugar (and refined carbohydrates) and will increase the skin’s oil production causing inflammed skin breakouts commonly known as pimples or zits.
So it is never too soon to eat less of the lollies and more of the vegetables and fruit for a healthy glowing skin like you have now.
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