Dark chocolate cholesterol Benefits
People tend to ask themselves many questions when it comes to eating chocolate especially when it comes to cholesterol issues.
Talking of dark chocolate, how much of the dark chocolate should they consume in a day. Others wonder if they should consume dark chocolate if they have high cholesterol issues, Others are very concerned as to which brands of dark chocolate are healthy, Others still wonder how dark chocolate may affect their cholesterol.
Come with me and Let’s have look at the some the of dark chocolate cholesterol benefits.
How does Dark Chocolate affect my cholesterol
Studies have shown Dark chocolate can be heart healthy. It is made from cocoa beans of the Theobroma cacao fruit tree. It is rich in flavonoids and more specifically flavonols which are phytochemicals and antioxidants that can be heart healthy.
The work of antioxidants is to counteract oxidation, a chemical reaction that takes place in your body. This protects the “bad”LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized that contributes to the hardening of arteries and heart disease.
How much Dark chocolate should I consume in a day?
It is good to remember that chocolate can be high in calories hence it is not good to eat a lot of it. This is because you can become obese and obesity is a risk factor for heart disease.
To improve your cholesterol,have a little of dark chocolate of up to 1(one) ounce of it in a day.when you consume the one ounce please ensure that your dark chocolate is at least 70% cocoa.Cocoa is the stuff with all the heart healthy ingredients.
As you eat your bit of dark chocolate in a day, remember to take it along with a heart healthy diet and lifestyle.This will be totally good for your heart.The chemical contained in dark chocolate refered to as flavonoids has been found to lower LDL as well as exert a protective effect against heart disease.
If you have a heart condition,it is always good to seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers.Ask them questions that you may have regarding a medical condition.
Research findings concerning Dark chocolate benefits
According to Emilia Klapp,aNutritionist and Dietetics Specialist high quality chocolate contains a large amount of cocoa butter which does not contain cholesterol.This is because it is extracted from the cacao bean.
The cocoa butter contains three kinds of fatty acids;palmific fat-a saturated fat in small amounts,stearic fat-a saturated fat that does not affect cholesterol levels,and Oleic fat-a monounsaturated fat that can protect us from many ailments including cardiovascular disease.
If you eat dark chocolate which is high quality, ie not made with large amounts of sugar and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils,you will reap important health benefits.The maximum amount of chocolate recommended daily is about 50g.
Researchers have said that combining dark chocolate,raw almonds and cocoa significantly reduced the number of LDL particles in the blood of overweght and obese people.LDL is often called bad cholesterol because of the role it plays in clogging the arteries.Some study suggested the portions can be made up of one quarter cup of dark chocolate,about one third cup of almonds and two and one third tablespoons cocoa a day.
Healthy Dark chocolate Brands
Dark chocolate was once considered a rare treat but not anymore.It has become the snack of choice for healthy eaters.When looking for dark healthy chocolate ensure to look out for “dutching”.Dutching is the method of processing cholcolate with alkali.You will see this on the nutrition lable.When processed with alkali,it will have less flavonols,hence less healthy.
Have a look at some healthy dark chocolate Brands below;
Organic, fair trade, non-GMO dark chocolate. No soy lecithin. Range of 55%-85%
72% Cacao and 88% Cacao , a 70% organic bar.
Another company with ethical principles, offering 70% to 88% bars.
Ghirardelli Intense Dark
86% Cacao Chocolate Bars (and a 92% if you can find it!). They have
bars as well as small squares. The 86% uses Soy Lecithin as an
72% Cacao Chocolate Bars. Prior to 2017 this bar wasn’t processed
with alkali but now it looks like it is according to the updated
ingredients. Uses Soy Lecithin as emulsifier.
Pacari Organic Chocolate
USDA organic raw chocolate.
Wide selection including 70%, 85%, 100%. There is also a ‘101%’ (100% plus some extra coca nibs).
Most contain sunflower lecithin except for the 100%. They use coconut sugar to sweeten the less than 100% cacao bars.
70%-85% Cacao bars.
This French chocolate is distributed in the USA but can be difficult
to find. Has a range of bars up to 85% – uses Soy Lecithin as
Amano offer a large range of single origin chocolate bars up to 70% dark chocolate.
Vivani is a German chocolatier that sources ingredients from Ceres (100% organic).
85% bars and 92% available in USA and Canada.
Organic, processed without alkali, no Soy Lecithin.
Australian-based Loving Earth has a 72% bar.
Raw, only two ingredients (raw cacao + coconut sugar), however being < 80% does has a high sugar content.
Organic, processed without alkali, no Soy Lecithin.
Based in Germany, look for the Fine Extra Dark (73% cocoa).
Uses butterfat to make it creamier (rather than Lecithin).
Based in Canada. Raw, USDA organic.
A large range of dark chocolate bars up to 100%.
US chocolate company (owned by a subsidiary of Hershey). Selection of chocolate squares and bars (from 62% up to 82% cacao),
Organic, fair trade, raw, dark chocolate (83%). As far as we’re aware
only chocolate is processed on their machinery, so is allergen-free.
Organic, fair trade, dark chocolate. Seem to be having availability issues – only 70% still available (2018).
Lily’s Dark chocolate bars are sweetened with Stevia (and
Erythritol). It uses Fair Trade chocolate, and is not processed with
Alkali. A good choice if you are following a low-carb or keto diet. There is a range of 70% and an 85%.
Dark chocolate has cholesterol benefits.
Food intake following dark chocolate consumption was significantlly lower than when eating milk or white chocolate.
Exercise capacity is increased when consuming dark chocolate.