Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.
Dark chocolate is good for your heart. A small bar of it everyday can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well. Two heart benefits of dark chocolate are:
Lower blood pressure: Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate every day can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure.
Lower cholesterol: Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent.
Other Benefits of Dark Chocolate:
Chocolate also holds benefits apart from protecting your heart:
- it tastes good
- it stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure
- it contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant
All of us at Marisolio Tasting Bar are proud to offer some new chocolate products for your enjoyment. We have recently received a shipment of Pappardelle frozen Chocolate Hazelnut Desert Ravioli, and Dark Chocolate Linguine (a dry pasta). These dessert pastas are such a unique treat, serving to your guests will bring you loads of praise for your creativity. Please stop by the shop at 488 Main Street, Murphys, CA. (209) 728-8853(209) 728-8853.