Need another reason to enjoy health food that is a delicious treat…dark chocolate? According to Health News, studies now link “flavanol-rich” cocoa to reduced blood pressure. While major reductions were not seen in the study, it was found that participants did find some benefits in incorporating small amounts of the confection in their diets. According to the study’s lead author, Karin Ried, M.D. of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Melbourne, Australia, “Moderate regular dosages of flavanol-rich cocoa products such as dark chocolate may be part of a comprehensive lifestyle plan to optimizing health.” When enjoying dark chocolate, it is important to choose chocolate that is made as a health food and healthy for you.
According to Dr. Oz, a well-known physician who specializes in the links between a healthy lifestyle and overall health, “You need dark chocolate with 70 percent or more pure cocoa to reap the benefits of flavonoids. Additionally, it is crucial to source dark chocolate that is free from dairy and added refined sugars, and to choose chocolate sourced from companies that do not use child slavery.
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