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June 6, 2018 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Eat Chocolate for Better Health

Dark chocolate lovers rejoice. Two new pilot studies found that that dark chocolate may be especially beneficial for the brain and the immune system.

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Both studies fed study subjects high cacao (70%) dark chocolate and monitored a host of cellular processes, including gene activity in both brain cells and immune cells, as well as brainwave activity. The results? The researchers noted a broad array of beneficial changes at the cellular and genetic level after study subjects consumed the 70% dark chocolate.

This is great news as the changes noted can ultimately translate to improvements in mood, memory, immunity, and stress.

High cacao dark chocolate (70 % or higher) is exploding with exceedingly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds called flavanols. While larger studies are certainly needed to confirm these exciting findings, keep in mind that we already know that dark chocolate provides a healthy hit of fiber, magnesium, zinc, and iron with hardly any sugar.

A two-square dose of my go-to bar, Ghiradelli 86%, only has a half a teaspoon of sugar! Dark chocolate is certainly a treat that you can enjoy without the guilt.  (Experimental Biology Meeting, 2018)

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