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There are 600,000 deaths from heart disease in the U.S. every year- That’s 1 in every 4 deaths!  It affects both men and woman equally and according to Center for Disease Control, 935,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack every year. Coronary heart disease alone in the U.S. costs $108.9 billion every year in medical bills & lost productivity. That staggering number can’t measure the pain, sadness & suffering caused by heart disease.

The situation is scary, but the good news is that heart disease is preventable. Lifestyle & diet are key factors and there are many things you can do to help prevent heart disease. Here are some key steps to protecting yourself and those you love: 

-Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
-Quit smoking
-Be in a healthy, loving relationship
-Lower your stress
-Have a cat or dog
-Eat more chocolate

There are many exciting studies about dark chocolate lowering your risk of heart disease. Doctors at the University of Cambridge carried out a review of 7 large scale chocolate studies involving over 100,000 participants. They found that the highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29% reduction in stroke compared with the lowest levels of chocolate consumption. That bears repeating: Eating dark chocolate on a regular basis can lower your risk of heart disease by 37%!!

"Dark chocolate has been shown to be associated with lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels and improvement in the way your blood vessels dilate and relax."  -Cardiologist Julie Damp, M.D.

This is great news, but keep in mind not all chocolate is created equal- Make sure to choose a minimum of 60% dark chocolate or above.  A rule of thumb is the darker the better. In terms of heart health you’ll want to stay away from white chocolate which doesn’t contain any of the heart protective flavanol antioxidants. You’ll also want to avoid milk chocolate, which is made with processed milk powder and negates the benefits of the antioxidants. To get the maximum amount of benefits you’ll also want to choose a chocolate with no refined sugar and made with RAW cacao. Since raw chocolate is unroasted and less processed you get the greatest amount of flavanol antioxidants, in their most natural & pure form. Tests have shown that highly processed cacao contains up to 50% LESS antioxidants.

We may not be able to help you find your ideal mate, make your kid eat all their vegetables, or help you adopt a pet. But what Coracao does do is make the best quality, least processed, best tasting chocolate confections & bars in the world. Our heart healthy chocolate is 81% dark, raw, and sweetened with low glycemic coconut sugar. 

To your heart and your health!

with love,
The Coracao Confections Team

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Written by Coracao Confections — February 06, 2013

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