“The Food of the Earth” – Dark Chocolate

Swiss Dark Chocolate

Chocolate has more antioxidants per ounce than blueberries, green tea, or red wine.

Dark chocolate is the “food of the earth”.  Yes, isn’t that great!

“Chocolate is packed with natural compounds called antioxidants that scientists have discovered can protect your body and promote good health. In fact, ounce for ounce, dark chocolate and cocoa have more antioxidants than do foods like blueberries, green tea and red wine.”

One serving of dark chocolate has more antioxidant capacity than a serving of blueberries or cranberries.”

http://www.allchocolate.com/health/nutrition/antioxidants.aspx

ORAC  stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity which is the antioxidant power of a food.  According to www.allchocolate.com, plums, black contained the most ORAC then came dark chocolate.

Antioxidants like those found in dark chocolate and cocoa have also been linked to some of the hallmarks of good cardiovascular health such as enhanced blood flow, healthy cholesterol levels and, in some cases, reduced blood pressure.

Dark chocolate and cocoa contain high levels of cell-protecting antioxidant compounds. Two tablespoons of natural cocoa have more antioxidant capacity than four cups of green tea, 1 cup of blueberries and one and half glasses of red wine.”

We need these antioxidants, especially if you are older, to protect our cells by controlling the free radicals that are naturally occurring by-products of life that can trigger changes in the structure of normally healthy cells. There are thoughts that these damaged cells maybe the underlying cause of chronic diseases.  Antioxidants such as dark chocolate neutralize free radicals.

To read more about the wonders of dark chocolate and cocoa, please go to the website that I have referenced above.

Marilyn

About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

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