Can chocolate help protect you from the #1 KILLER in America?
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
-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%!!
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!
The Coracao Confections Team
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